November 4, 2008
The Digital Preservation System is the keystone of the National Library of New Zealand project to preserve the nation’s cultural heritage for the benefit of future generations
Jerusalem, Israel and Wellington, New Zealand – November 4, 2008. Ex Libris™ Group is pleased to announce that after a successful beta-testing period at the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ), version 1.0 of the Ex Libris Digital Preservation System has gone live as scheduled.
As our culture becomes increasingly digital, the need to store and preserve digital information in a secure and trusted manner gains greater importance. The Digital Preservation System, developed in collaboration with the NLNZ, provides a complete, first-of-its-kind solution enabling academic, research, and national libraries to maintain the usability and integrity of their digital resources in perpetuity. Development of the system was also supported through collaborative work with an international peer review group.
Based on the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) model and conforming to trusted digital repository (TDR) requirements, the Ex Libris Digital Preservation System provides institutions with the infrastructure and technology needed to preserve and facilitate access to the collections under their guardianship.
The understanding that preservation and access belong together—that they are not mutually exclusive entities—dictated a design in which preservation support is built directly into the platform rather than serving as an add-on feature. This end-to-end solution offers full security, auditing, replication, and integrity checks that maintain the safety of collections over time, while persistent identifier tools and standard APIs (Application Programming Interface) enable institutions to make their collections easily accessible to users.
The National Library of New Zealand is using the highly configurable and scalable Digital Preservation System to collect a range of digital material types from a wide variety of sources (such as publishers, government agencies, and Web sites in the New Zealand domain); to review, validate, and organize such materials; and to make them available to end users in accordance with user access rights. Risk analysis and conversion tools enable the system to provide meaningful access to the digital objects over time. The integration of the system with other National Library of New Zealand applications is facilitated by a built-in software development kit and a suite of APIs.
December 2008 will see the general release of the Digital Preservation System by Ex Libris Group.
”Collaborating with Ex Libris to make the Digital Preservation System has been an exciting development for the National Library,” commented Penny Carnaby, chief executive of the National Library of New Zealand. ”Version 1.0 of the system was delivered on schedule, and we are confident that the Digital Preservation System will meet the long-term needs of our institution. We are looking forward to working with Ex Libris on future product versions which will complete our full set of requirements.”
The Ex Libris Digital Preservation System will play a central role in helping institutions ensure that their valuable digital collections remain discoverable and accessible in the future,” explained Matti Shem Tov, president and CEO of Ex Libris Group. ”It is an honor to have worked in partnership with the forward-thinking staff at the National Library of New Zealand and the peer review group. Our collective experience has yielded a solution that focuses on the current and future preservation needs of libraries—important guardians of human intellectual and cultural heritage,” added Shem Tov.
About the National Library of New Zealand
The goal of the National Library of New Zealand is to enrich the cultural and economic life of New Zealand and its interchange with other nations by collecting, preserving, and protecting documents, particularly those related to New Zealand; making these accessible in a manner consistent with their status as documentary heritage; and working in collaboration with local and international institutions with similar purposes.
For additional information on the National Library of New Zealand, see http://www.natlib.govt.nz/
For additional information on the National Digital Heritage Archive, see http://ndha-wiki.natlib.govt.nz/
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research 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 enable them to transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 70 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables 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.
For additional information on Ex Libris Group, see http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/.