About the HELIOS Project


In February 1994, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries embarked on an ambitious project to convert the bulk of the congressional papers of U.S. Senator John Heinz (R-PA) into digital format. Innovative image-management and text-retrieval software created at the university provides the ability to search and retrieve nearly 800,000 images from the collection. The project is supported by the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation, Heinz Company Foundation, and the Howard and Vira I. Heinz Endowments, with additional funding from Carnegie Mellon and CLARITECH Corporation.

The HELIOS project responds to a number of critical problems:

Building the digital archive involves several processes:Researchers can then access HELIOS through the Internet. HELIOS offers unprecedented facilities to search, browse and analyze the archives' holdings. Researchers are able to: The Heinz collection is a rich source of information about the senator's contributions to the U.S. Congress and the social and political concerns of the nation during his tenure. The digital version of this collection promises to dramatically transform the way in which an archives can serve its users.

Moreover, HELIOS and its underlying technology will serve as the "seed" and framework for a digital archive of wider scope: a unified public-policy resource for a widespread community of researchers. The project plans to forge links to other resources related to the themes of the Heinz collection. This will allow researchers to explore topics in-depth and from multiple perspectives, discover thematic relationships between documents from different sources, and synthesize ideas across conventional disciplinary boundaries.

For more information or to receive a brochure about the HELIOS project, please contact Gabrielle V. Michalek, Head of Archives/Digital Library Initiatives. Other resources for information include:

For help or to post your comments, please contact helios-help@andrew.cmu.edu.


Updated August 2000 / http://diva.library.cmu.edu/HELIOS/about.html
Gabrielle V. Michalek, Head of Archives/Digital Library Initiatives

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