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Sun Microsystems Unveils Newest Sun SITE at UC Berkeley Campus

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Sun Microsystems Unveils Newest Sun SITE at UC Berkeley Campus

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The Berkeley Digital Library Sun SITE (http://sunsite.berkeley.edu), a new site on the World Wide Web that will serve as a worldwide showcase and repository for information on digital libraries, has been unveiled by officials from Sun Microsystems and the University of California at Berkeley. Sun, a leading network computing company, is also pioneering major technologies for the Internet.

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The library will be using Sun's Java programming environment for the Berkeley Sun SITE (Software Information and Technology Exchange) to enable easy searching and cataloging of online text and images. Expected to grow to more than a terabyte of data over the next few years, it is being hosted on a Sun SPARCcenter 2000 server. Sun and the UC Berkeley Library will work collaboratively on content to be made available on the site.

"With the number of digital libraries growing exponentially, there needs to be a central place like Berkeley Sun SITE where people can go for information and expertise on planning, creating, and maintaining their own online collection, as well as to access many of the digital libraries already on the World Wide Web," said Barbara Gordon, vice president, academic and research computing at Sun Microsystems Computer Company. "We expect millions of users to take advantage of the resources on this site and expect the project to help further the quality and availability of digital libraries around the world."

"The Digital Library Sun SITE is an excellent way to meet two complementary goals," said Peter Lyman, UC Berkeley librarian. "First, it will help us expand our world-class collections into the digital realm and make them available via the Internet and will also catalyze digital library development efforts by providing support to digital library developers worldwide. …

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