Increasingly, people get the information they need in digital formats, whether
through the Internet or via electronic publications. We call these formats "born
digital." Much of this information will be lost to future generations if it is not
In 2000, the Library embarked on a new initiative for collecting and preserving
valuable digital resources: the National Digital Information
Infrastructure and Preservation Program.
As materials are increasingly being created in digital formats, it has become
necessary to devise an infrastructure for their preservation for later generations. The
Library of Congress has been asked by the U.S. Congress to lead a nationwide
program that will include many partners with defined roles and responsibilities that
are committed to preserving digital content within a preservation architecture.