The project is intended to allow users to direct their searches to on-campus repositories of scholarly materials that contain copies of academic papers, technical reports, drafts of articles, and other work by a university's professors. Scholars can choose whether their works will be available to all Internet users or only to others on their own campuses. The participating universities have tagged all the materials with metadata tags.
Participating universities also plan to work with other search engine providers and some have expressed an interest in creating their own search technology. In the pilot test, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc., a nonprofit library organization, has set up a search process that will serve as an interface between Google and the universities.
Besides MIT, the institutional archives that will be included in the pilot test are: Australian National University, Cornell University, Cranfield University, European University Institute, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Minho University, the Ohio State University, Parma University, University of Arizona, University of Calgary, University of Oregon, University of Rochester, University of Toronto, University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin.