Stanford Digital Library Project

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The Stanford Digital Library Project (SDLP) (also called The Stanford Integrated Digital Library Project and The Stanford Digital Library Technologies Project) was a research program run by Hector Garcia-Molina, Terry Winograd, Dan Boneh, and Andreas Paepcke at Stanford University in the mid-1990s to 2004.[1] The team also included librarians Rebecca Wesley and Vicky Reich.[2] The primary goal of the SDLP project was to "provide an infrastructure that affords interoperability among heterogeneous, and autonomous digital library services."[3] and described elsewhere as "to develop the enabling technologies for a single, integrated and "universal" library, proving uniform access to the large number of emerging networked information sources and collections."[4]

The SDLP is notable in the history of Google as a primary sources of funding for Lawrence Page and Sergey Brin (Brin was also supported by a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship) during the period they developed the precursors and initial versions of the Google search engine prior to the incorporation of Google as a private entity.[5] It was also while at Stanford working under the SDLP that Lawrence Page filed his patent for PageRank.[6]

The SDLP itself was funded by coalition of federal agencies including the National Science Foundation as well as donations from industry sponsors.[4][5]


  1. ^ "The Stanford Digital Libraries Technologies Project". Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  2. ^ "The People: Stanford Participants". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  3. ^ Baldonado, Michelle; Chen-chuan K Chang; Luis Gravano; Andreas Paepcke (1997). "The Stanford Digital Library Metadata Architecture". CiteSeerX {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ a b The Stanford Integrated Digital Library Project, Award Abstract #9411306, September 1, 1994 through August 31, 1999 (Estimated), award amount $4,516,573.
  5. ^ a b Brin, Sergey; Lawrence Page (1998). "The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine". Computer Networks and ISDN Systems. 30 (1–7): 107–117. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/S0169-7552(98)00110-X.
  6. ^ Patent Number: 6285999 Page, Lawrence (2001-09-04), Method for node ranking in a linked database, retrieved 2009-07-24