Romance in the electronic Rosetta Stone

Romance in the electronic Rosetta Stone

Novell has won a contract to run the Victorian Government's Rosetta Project, which aims to ensure that electronic documents will be accessible for centuries via an online directory service.

The name of the project was inspired by the ancient Rosetta Stone, which was the key to deciphering the meaning of previously unintelligible Egyptian hieroglyphics in the time of the Pharaohs.

It is hoped that this project will mean that documents, including PDFs and XML, will be readable indefinitely and will not disappear into the abyss of a digital archive dark age.

Novell, short-listed in March, will design, develop, implement and support the project over five years, costing about $9.5 million.

Marsha Thomson, the Minister for Information and Communication Technology, said. "Novell will help position Victoria as a global eGovernment leader by establishing the foundations of fully connected government. Project Rosetta will establish an integrated and automated directory service that will allow the secure provision of accurate information on people, resources, assets and services across the whole of the Victorian Government.

"Victoria has built a reputation as a leading international user and developer of eGovernment initiatives and Project Rosetta will help ensure we continue to build on this solid foundation."

"Novell and the Victorian Government are looking to commence work on the project in August, rolling out the directory infrastructure across government progressively over the coming years."

The Victorian Public Records Office initiated the idea for the Rosetta Project a few years ago when it released the Victorian Electronic Records Strategy (VERS), which was then looking for a standard in e-archiving. The cost at the time for setting up the Rosetta Project was estimated at about $40 million.

Project Rosetta is a key initiative of the Victorian Government's eGovernment vision "Putting People at the Centre", which is a key plank of the ICT policy "Connecting Victoria."

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