The proceedings of the first multidisciplinary European DLM-Forum on electronic records (DLM-Forum '96), which took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 18-20 December 1996, have been published by the European Commission. Initiated by the experts' report "Archives in the European Union", and confirmed by the EU Council Conclusions of June 1994, the Forum was a major event in the field of electronic records administration and storage. It was attended by over 300 experts and decision-makers from public administration, archives, industry (hard and software suppliers) and research. The Forum focused on possibilities for wider cooperation between Member States and within the framework of the European Union with regard to the management, storage, conservation and retrieval of electronic records. It demonstrated that the issues posed by the preservation and reuse of electronic records are central not only to the work of archivists, but also form the cornerstone of the future economic growth and development within the European Union.