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Updated: 22 NOV 99
Project Number and Title
5648 - Networked European deposit library
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 4/A 2 and 6 bis January 1998

Keywords : archives; copyright; deposit collections; electronic publications; preservation
Related projects : COBRA; ECUP; TECUP

blue bullet Additional information is available on the NEDLIB Web site (

Action Line

Action Line A: Network-oriented internal library systems.

Call Topic(s)

  • Call topic 2: Tools and methods for the creation and use of library material in electronic form
  • Call Topic 6 bis: Services for the acquisition and supply of materials to libraries

Project description

NEDLIB aims to find ways to ensure that electronic publications and documents of the present can be used now and in the future. It will model and demonstrate a basic infrastructure upon which a networked European deposit library could be built.

Technical approach

There are three main phases in the project:

Model development - NEDLIB will develop a model for a generic architecture capable of processing electronic publications regardless of origin or medium, for access either by end-users or by archiving organisations.

Implementation and testing - The model will be implemented and tested in three component systems, integrated into the local infrastructures of the participating national libraries and archives. The components are: installation system, access system and long-term archival.

Prototype demonstrator - The integration of the three components listed above will be tested in a prototype demonstrator.

Key issues

The main issues to be investigated are:

  • Standards and interfaces for the generic architecture;
  • Electronic document technical data;
  • Authentication and verification of the document;
  • Access controls;
  • Archival maintenance - including emulators, conversions etc.


For national libraries and archives, NEDLIB will deliver a toolbox for operational management of electronic deposit systems, capable of being embedded in existing infrastructures.
Participating publishers will get feed-back on operational control of electronic publications and on tests of new models for delivery and access.
Results will be tools and test-beds of different facets of the deposit process; agreed standards and guidelines of good practice; an integrated demonstrator.


The main deliverables, not all of which are public, include:

  • Functional specifications for deposit systems for electronic publications
  • Technical standards and conventions report
  • High-level design report
  • Consortium Inventory Rights report
  • General architecture
  • Deposit guidelines
  • Prototype system
  • Annual and Final project reports.

Additional information is available from the Web at: NEDLIB Web site and from the contact below.


Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
Koninklijke Bibliotheek 2509 LK The Hague NL
Title, First Name, Name Mr Johan Steenbakkers Address: PO Box 90407
Tel: + 31 703 140 644 Fax: + 31 703 140 651
E-mail 1: (email removed) E-mail 2:

Contact person

Title, First Name, Name Ms Titia van der Werf
Tel: + 31 70 3140467 Fax: + 31 70 3140501
E-mail 1: (email removed) Web site: NEDLIB Web site

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
Helsinki University Library FI P
Bibliothèque Nationale de France FR P
Agentschap Rijkarchiefdienst NL P
Nasjonalbiblioteket Rana NO P
Biblioteca Nacional, Portugal PT P
Swiss National Library CH A
Die Deutsche Bibliothek DE P
CSC Ploenzke DE A
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze IT A
Level-7 Ltd UK S
Elsevier Science NL X
Kluwer Academic NL X
Springer Verlag DE X
libraries and library schools in each partner country;

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