German National Library of Science & Technology selects the Rosetta digital preservation system

Rosetta will enable this national library to preserve millions of digitized and digitally born records in perpetuity

Jerusalem, Israel, (PresseBox) - Ex Libris® Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) in Hannover has selected Rosetta for its digital collections. The library will lead the digital preservation program for the three member libraries of the Leibniz Library Network for Research Information, also known as Goportis.

As national libraries for different fields, the Goportis members have a mandate to index, store, and provide access to all the resources in their collections in perpetuity. An increasing proportion of these libraries' collections consists of digitized and digitally born materials, including both textual and audio-visual content.

Installed in libraries and archives worldwide, Rosetta supports the acquisition, validation, ingest, storage, preservation, and delivery of digital objects. Rosetta enables academic institutions as well as libraries, archives, and other memory institutions to manage, preserve, and provide access to institutional documents, research output in digital formats, digital images, Web sites, and other digitally born and digitized materials.

"In our view Rosetta is the only multi-tenant solution that provides the complete functionality for long-term digital preservation," commented Uwe Rosemann, director of the German National Library of Science and Technology. "Rosetta encompasses the entire workflow process from Ingest to Storage to Access, and presents these workflows through Preservation Planning and Preservation Action modules. Rosetta's adherence to the Open Archival Information System model and other international standards, together with the system's open interfaces, will enable us to integrate Rosetta with our existing library systems. Taking this step towards a live system is an important strategic milestone for Goportis. By supporting an effective and powerful national infrastructure for long-term preservation, the TIB and its partners have become leading protagonists and a driving force in this field."

"The decision by the prestigious German National Library of Science and Technology to adopt Rosetta reaffirms the leading role of Ex Libris in facilitating preservation of digital collections," observed Ullrich Jüngling, Ex Libris vice president of sales for Central and East Europe. "Our collaboration will enable both of our organizations to see new and interesting perspectives on the field of long-term digital preservation, in particular the preservation of audio-visual materials."

About the German National Library of Science and Technology

The TIB is the German National Library for all areas of engineering as well as architecture, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics and is in these areas the largest library in the world. To optimise its services, the TIB conducts applied research and development where the focus lies on visual search, visualising data, future Internet and semantic web. The TIB portal GetInfo bundles access to leading subject databases, publishing house offerings and library catalogues with integrated full text delivery. The TIB focuses on strategic partnerships, both at the national and international level. An important national network is the Leibniz Library Network for Research Information, also known as Goportis, which consists of the TIB, the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED), and the German National Library of Economics (ZBW). Goportis endeavors to bundle knowledge in fields as digital preservation, open access, non-textual materials, licenses, and full text service, and to initiate further developments.

For more information, see http://www.tib-hannover.de/en/ and http://www.goportis.de/en.html.

Ex Libris (Deutschland) GmbH

Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 80 countries on six continents.

Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

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