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I have some comments on allen lutins' "Internet Resources for Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Professionals" [SAA Bulletin 16(3):30]. Resources on the Internet may be currently limited, but substantial work is being done and resources are improving daily. The Library of Congress and Ameritech are sponsoring the National Digital Library competition (lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/award) to enable libraries, museums, historical societies, and archival institutions to create digital collections of primary resources. Raw data is being delivered via the web at sites such as Arizona State University's Archaeological Research Institute (archaeology.la.asu.edu) and the Archaeological Data Archive Project based at Bryn Mawr (csaws.brynmawr.edu/web1/adap.html). Gateways such as Academic Info (www.academicinfo.net) are being developed to aid in finding sites by subject area. A searchable database of reviews of anthropological books, audiovisual materials, software and multimedia, exhibits, tourist sites, conferences, and online resources is available at the Anthropology Review Database (wings.buffalo.edu/ARD/). And online guides to good practices in aerial photography and remote sensing, archaeological geophysics, CAD, excavation and fieldwork archiving, GIS (now available at ads.ahds.ac.uk/project/goodguides/gis), and metadata in archaeology and digital archiving are being developed by Great Britain's Archaeology Data Service.

Not mentioned in the article was the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training's (NCPTT) interdisciplinary guide to Internet resources (Internet Resources for Heritage Conservation, Historic Preservation and Archeology, (www.cr.nps.gov/ncptt/irg). The guide includes resources of interest to the preservation community and includes the disciplines of archaeology, historic architecture, historic landscapes, materials conservation, and history. There are so many new Internet resources available that a backlog of entries for the guide exists. To make it more dynamic and user-driven, the guide is currently being converted to a searchable online database that will be accessible via NCPTT's Web site (www.ncptt.nps.gov) within the next six months. NCPTT supports development of Internet resources for the CRM professional through the Preservation Technology and Training Grants program (PTTGrants). As a result of PTTGrants support, the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers and the National Conference of State Legislatures have developed an online database of state-by-state preservation law (www.ncsl.org/programs/arts/statehist_intro.htm). Other PTTGrants underway include developing Internet access to the University of Virginia Law School's preservation law databases and providing Internet access to preservation information at the Hawai'i and Michigan SHPOs. For 1999, the PTTGrants program seeks proposals that focus on the delivery of substantive preservation-related information via the World Wide Web, innovative application of computer technologies to the management and dissemination of preservation-related information, and the planning and development of substantial database systems. Digitizing archaeological "gray literature" and providing access to it via the Web--alluded to in lutins' article--is a proposal that would be appropriate to the information management project type of the PTTGrants. I'd be happy to discuss substantive projects to realize the potential of the Internet.

Mary S. Carroll
Information Management Coordinator
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

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