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that users can have ready access to additional content not deemed to be part of the common core,
where teams choose to add it.We should also have reached agreement by that time on the "sec-
ondary corpus," that set of emblematic material deemed not to have sufficient priority to form
part of the first collaborative effort but important enough to warrant inclusion in the project.
Within five years, by the end of 2008, the primary corpus should be freely available, including
those parts of it digitized and distributed through commercial publishing ventures. Efforts to dig-
itize and distribute the secondary corpus should be well under way.
After some fifteen years of attempts to create visual emblematic databases, and fully twenty
years after the release of the first personal computers whose operating system allowed us to begin
imagining the creation of such research tools, we may fairly say that we stand on the brink of
truly remarkable progress in the field of emblem digitization.Technical advances have been vital-
ly important, especially in eliminating our dependence on single-platform solutions, but mental
advances have played an even more critical role.The participation of the great emblem research
libraries and of teams of scholars determined to share their knowledge in a context of institu-
tional and personal collaboration is the key factor that will finally make publicly accessible, with-
in the third decade of emblem digitization, the first great shared databases of emblematic pictures
and texts.
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