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The Open Collections Program (19 Jun 2005)
The goal of the Open Collections Program (OCP) of Harvard University Library is to increase the availability of historical resources from Harvard's library and museum collections for purposes of teaching, learning, and research both at Harvard and around the world. The OCP believes that a topic-based approach to building digital collections creates broader and deeper collections thereby increasing relevance for a broad and diverse audience (teachers, scholars, students, and the generally curious). Materials are selected from across many collections at Harvard University for their relevance to a broad topic area and assembled into a multi-faceted and coherent digital collection. While this process is more laborious than selecting materials based on physical proximity of volumes on a shelf, or pre-existing collection groupings, the resulting digital collections become more pertinent to a broad spectrum of users.
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