With the coming of The Digital Era, the result of human intellectual activity is rapidly moving from paper to digital form. By collecting and preserving digital intellectual heritage at the national level, OASIS(Online Archiving & Searching Internet Sources: OASIS) is aim to provide these digital intellectual heritage to future generations as an educational and research resources. After operating this project on a trial basis in Jan. 2004, National Library of Korea has pursued in earnest this project that collects and preserves the online digital resources since 2005.
With the rapid development of information and communications environment, many intellectual creations have been produced in digital form and released on the Internet. These digital intellectual creations have been preserved for a short period of time and has disappeared immediately. To collect and preserve digital resources, UNESCO has announced clearly information regarding the preservation and use of knowledge resources of the Internet on the "Digital Heritage Preservation Charter" in October 2003.
In addition, major libraries around the world have promoted the project that collects and preserves internet intellectual resources since the mid 90's. As a result, various research results have been now announced. According to some reports that have been published, if neglecting to collect and preserve digital resources at the national level, the current generation has been forgotten and a new Dark Age will soon be upon us.
OASIS is the project to preserve the internet resources to be passed down to future generations as a contemporary knowledge of cultural heritage which is likely to be disappeared. As the national institute responsible for collecting and preserving knowledge resources, National Library of Korea is pursuing the OASIS (Online Archiving & Searching Internet Sources)project at the national level.