The main goal of NEDLIB is 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.
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. The model will be implemented and tested in 3 component systems, integrated into the local infrastructures of the participating national libraries and archives: installation system; access system; long-term archival. The integration of these 3 components will be tested in a prototype demonstrator.
The main issues to be investigated are:
standards and interfaces for the generic architecture;
electronic document technical data;
authentication and verification of the document;
archival maintenance - including emulators, conversions etc.
Impact, users and expected results
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 feedback 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 public deliverables will be:
functional specifications for deposit system for electronic publications;
final project report.