Ex Libris Group has announced that the Company has signed a multi-million dollar agreement to develop a digital archive and preservation system with the National Library of New Zealand. Under this agreement, Ex Libris Group will develop a commercial digital preservation system to address the needs outlined by the National Library of New Zealand for its National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA) Programme. The National Library of New Zealand initiated the NDHA Programme to find a solution for storing, preserving, and providing access to the ever-growing digital heritage collections under the library’s guardianship.
The digital preservation system design is based on requirements that were drafted by the National Library of New Zealand and initially announced under the project name Kronos. During the last six months, Ex Libris Group and the National Library of New Zealand have worked together closely to ensure the design of a digital preservation system that will be made available commercially. The work will continue in collaboration with an international peer review group (PRG) made up of recognized thought leaders and innovators from library and academic communities. The group has served as an independent resource for the NDHA Programme, consulting on the scope and design of the initiative and its compliance with emerging industry standards. Consultation with the PRG will ensure that the system conforms to general access and archiving trends so that it may be broadly applied.
In line with its enterprise technology strategy, the National Library of New Zealand will operate the digital preservation solution on Sun Microsystems Inc. hardware. The National Library of New Zealand is acknowledged as a Sun Center of Excellence for Digital Futures in Libraries. The hardware and software will be designed to be scalable over time as the digital collections grow.