The Registry is intended to serve two
main purposes – facilitate coordination among
agencies that preserve and maintain digital materials for the long term, and increase exposure of digital content.
The registry should provide an ability
for libraries and other organizations to easily
use it to coordinate digitization
efforts by identifying items already digitized
and discovering what items are in line for digitization, reducing redundant digitization efforts and providing cost savings.
Libraries and other organizations will
also be able to coordinate efforts to preserve
born digital material by seeing what libraries are committing to preserve specific born digital items and what preservation
actions have been taken.
In addition, Registry records
will eventually be available for extraction and re-use, such as incorporation
in local catalogs and inclusion in topical portal services, exposing these
materials for greater use.