The China Academic Digital Associative Library (CADAL)

The China Academic Digital Associative Library (CADAL)

Chen Huang (Zhejiang University, China) and Helen F. Xue (Zhejiang University, China)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0550-1.ch002


In 2000, a collaboration project called the China-America Digital Academic Library (CADAL) was launched by Chinese and U.S. computer scientists and supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Chinese Ministry of Education. The leading parties, Carnegie Mellon University and Zhejiang University, pioneered the construction of massive, digitized resources across the world. In 2002, CADAL merged with the China Academic Library and Information System into the China Academic Digital Library and Information System, emerging as one of the most important information infrastructures in the nation. In August 2009, the China Academic Digital Associative Library (new CADAL) was approved by the Ministry of Education, initiating CADAL Project Phase II. CADAL has promoted Chinese university libraries from the role of information-sharing institutions to partners of resource construction and sharing, achieving the world's largest non-profit digital library with more than 2.5 million Chinese and English e-books, a resource that has been exclusively “made in China.”
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Cadal Project Construction Contents

CADAL continues to explore and develop new components during its construction. On one hand, the established digital resources substantially support education and research in universities. On the other hand, the build-up management and service platform dedicated to exploring the application of multimedia and virtual technology in digital libraries have promoted the Chinese digital library to be considered state-of-the-art throughout the global community, laying both the resource and technological foundations for sustainable construction and service developments in the digital library. The construction of the CADAL project has mainly been focused on five different aspects as discussed below (Huang, 2011):

Digital Library Standards and Specifications Construction

Based on the latest international developments and trends for standards and specifications in the digital library, CADAL has built its own standard system covering different elements such as digital resource processing and storage, digital objects classification and description, metadata standards and interoperability, system models and interoperability, service models, and other work fundamental for digital library construction. The aim is to follow international convention and to be synchronized with future national standards, guaranteeing the accessibility of academic digital libraries in China.

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