Dutch example of repository federation

November 29, 2006

Via Peter Suber: The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library) in the Netherlands will curate the content in the Dutch DAREnet (Digital Academic REpositories) network of repositories.

Comment: IMO this is the way forward – a heterogenous (in terms of software platform) federation where content producers keep the content and third parties provide specific services (e.g. digital preservation, as in this case). It strengthens the position of institutional repositories, who might be pushed to make a convincing argument about their preservation prospects, and it strengthens the position of specialist centres of expertise such as the KB.

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