Stanford Libraries is ensuring that the automobility related digital assets of Stanford University are indexed, preserved and made available to library patrons, researchers and the general public. By digitizing materials and making them discoverable, content that was once available to a select few becomes useful and discoverable for a wide range of researchers.
The Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) ensures preservation of each digital object, makes each digital object available via a persistent URL (web address), enforces content rights and restrictions and provides a common storage mechanism for other applications to build upon. Research and course material can also be stored in the SDR, and materials are discoverable via the Stanford Libraries' online catalog, SearchWorks.
The Automobility Archive exhibit provides a web-based platform known as Spotlight for the discovery of automotive research and images, leveraging metadata and scans of Road and Track magazine preserved in the SDR, and additional materials that may be added in the future.