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Digital Archiving in the Twenty-First Century: Practice at the National Library of the Netherlands

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Title: Digital Archiving in the Twenty-First Century: Practice at the National Library of the Netherlands
Author(s): Steenbakkers, Johan F.
Subject(s): digital preservation National libraries Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB)
Abstract: Research journals are increasingly being published digitally. The advantage of digital publishing is obvious: immediate accessibility anywhere. Gradually a disadvantage is also becoming clear: digital publishing endangers the continuity of research information. As a consequence of the obsolescence of formats, hardware, software, and carriers, digital information will be lost unless we act. Digital publishing is also causing a shift in the roles and responsibilities of publishers and libraries concerned with archiving digital publications for future use. Archiving digital publications requires a major turnaround in the policy and practice of national libraries. Although some actions have been taken, digital preservation research and implementation are still in their infancy. National libraries will need substantial funding for venture research activities and development of archival infrastructures. They will also have to work together more closely to successfully organize digital archiving in the twenty-first century. (from the article)
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Library Trends 54 (1) Summer 2005: 33-56.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2005 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-11-02

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