Hamburg, Germany—November 27, 2013. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the Bavarian Library Network (BVB) has selected Ex Libris Rosetta to provide long-term preservation services to all the academic libraries in the state. This decision extends the existing Rosetta implementation at the Bavarian State Library (BSB) to all university libraries in Bavaria.
In 2009, BSB—one of the world's leading institutions in the area of digital preservation—formed a partnership with Ex Libris to digitize texts, images, and sound files, as well as to permanently and reliably save digital objects from websites to research data, thus ensuring their accessibility in the future. The solution was built on the Rosetta digital preservation system, and is successfully in production at BSB.
The challenge of digital preservation consists not only in dealing with different data formats and the limited shelf life and rapid changes in storage media, but also in enabling digital data and objects to remain usable in the long term: the content must be accessible, retrievable and properly interpreted. In addition, an electronic workflow of the entire process from entry to discovery of the data is necessary. Rosetta meets all these requirements. The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences is also involved in the project, since the data is stored in the Academy's storage systems.
Bavaria is now to become the first German state to roll out digital long-term archiving state-wide: as of early 2014, use of Rosetta will be expanded step by step to the libraries of the universities and applied science institutions in the Bavarian Library Network. This will enable them to increase their range of services relating to the long-term availability of digital data. The implementation of Rosetta is supported by a special fund from the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture, Science and Art.
Dr Rolf Griebel, Director-General of BSB, commented: "The Rosetta digital preservation system presents the Bavarian research libraries with a tool that effectively supports all processes surrounding the long-term archiving and availability of digital data and objects. These libraries will therefore contribute to the sustainability and excellence of the many digital offerings and services within Bavaria."
"We are delighted that Rosetta has proved a success at the BSB and that the next step is the state-wide use of the solution throughout the Bavarian Library Network," stated Ullrich Jüngling, VP Sales Central & East Europe at Ex Libris, who added that Rosetta has become the leading long-term preservation solution in Germany.
About the Bavarian State Library
The Bavarian State Library, founded in 1558 by Duke Albrecht V, enjoys a world-class reputation as an international research library. With 10 million volumes, approximately 62,000 current periodicals in printed and electronic form and around 96,000 manuscripts, the library belongs to the most important knowledge centres of the world. With 1 million digitized works the Bavarian State Library has the largest digital collection of all German libraries. The library offers a variety of services in the field of innovative digital usage scenarios. For more information, please click here.
About the Bavarian Library Network
The Bavarian Library Network (BVB) is a cooperation of large and important Bavarian libraries, including the Bavarian State Library, 11 university libraries, 17 libraries of universities of applied sciences and 10 regional state libraries, as well as more than 100 other libraries. The Open-Data Federation database B3Kat contains 23 million titles with approximately 48 million volumes. For more information, please click here
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 facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 90 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.