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Program: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
Award Number: P337A020020
Grant Period: 10/01/2002 - 09/30/2006
World Area: Latin America
2002:  $195,000
2003:  $195,000
2004:  $195,000
Total:  $585,000
Institution: University of California-Los Angeles
Project Director: Eudora Loh
C.E. Young Library 11630
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Tel: 310-825-1125
Fax: 310-825-6795
Email: eloh@library.ucla.edu
The project addresses the need for improved access to Latin America's grey literature, the publications, working documents, and other materials produced by research institutes, NGOs, and peripheral agencies, which are not controlled by commercial publishers. These are difficult to identify and acquire, and are often only available in limited or low quality printings. The project will identify organizations in Latin America that produce research materials in the social sciences, digitize their publications, and apply the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) to ensure systematic and enhanced Internet access to distributed resources. The Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) will develop an OAI-PMH portal service for harvesting the metadata from participating repositories. LANIC will develop a training program to train staff at the Latin American partner sites in file conversion and application of the OAI-PMH. LANIC will serve as a mirror site and also host digital files for institutions with limited server capacities.

University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) submits this application on behalf of the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP), a consortium of 48 North American and seven Latin American libraries, under the sponsorship of the Global Resources Network, a joint initiative of the Association of American Universities and the Association of Research Libraries. The project will form a partnership with the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales-Chile (FLACSO-Chile) and the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamerica (CIRMA) in Guatemala, both highly respected research institutes well positioned to assist the project in forming new partnerships with organizations in the region.