Des Plaines, IL, August 7, 2006 -- The National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa and Endeavor Information Systems (www.endinfosys.com), one of the leading global providers of library management software, announced today a partnership to develop digital repository and preservation technologies capable of meeting the long-term digital access and archiving needs of the National Library of New Zealand, as well as other national libraries and institutions in the future.
"As a strategic partner, Endeavor will assist the Library to achieve its digital vision of all New Zealanders connected with information important to all aspects of their lives," said Penny Carnaby, national librarian and chief executive of the National Library of New Zealand.
Leading up to this partnership, the National Library established the National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA) Programme to manage the development of software that will process the ingest, storage, preservation and access of published digital material obtained through legal deposit and donated unpublished digital material.
Endeavor's experience providing both software and services to national libraries, coupled with its established digital capabilities, made the company an attractive technology partner for this comprehensive project.
"The National Library has built up a huge body of expertise in the digital preservation domain in the past five years and wants to contribute to and influence the product direction. By partnering with Endeavor, the Library will continue to develop that current and valuable body of knowledge," said Carnaby.
"Endeavor's advanced technology framework is critical for managing the diverse collection of cultural heritage materials ? such as papers, audio recordings and art images ? currently maintained within an institution such as the National Library of New Zealand."
"The National Library of New Zealand and Endeavor share the vision of a dynamic solution for guaranteed permanent access and preservation, one that is also applicable to other national libraries, universities, museums and other research organizations requiring an enterprise solution for ingesting, storing and accessing digital information," said Roland Dietz, president and CEO at Endeavor Information Systems.
"We are excited about the progress of this initiative, as it serves as our response to the growing need for standardization of preservation efforts worldwide, as well as the proliferation of governmental and institutional mandates requiring the protection of national and cultural heritage artifacts, as well as scientific, technical and medical literature."
Since 1994, Endeavor has pioneered library management systems by offering enhanced functionality coupled with intuitive interfaces that increase usability and efficiency. Partnering with Endeavor and the NDHA Programme will be Sun Microsystems with whom both organizations have ongoing relationships.
The vast majority of Endeavors customers -- upwards of 90 percent -- run on Sun operating systems. In October 2005, Endeavor and Sun expanded their relationship by finalizing a multi-year commitment combining Endeavor's software expertise in architecting digital library management solutions with Sun's infrastructure technologies such as Solaris 10. The NDHA Programme is the first joint project to commence under this expanded agreement.
Likewise, the National Library of New Zealand and Sun have partnered previously. In November 2005, Sun announced the Library as a Sun Centre of Excellence for Digital Futures in Libraries, an agreement recognizing the work of the Library and its staff at the forefront of global digital preservation endeavours.
"Reflecting a growing need for technology as part of cultural and academic initiatives, libraries and universities are looking at ways to better use digital information to improve the capture, preservation and access to national archives," said Jim Hassell, managing director, Sun Microsystems Australia and New Zealand at the announcement of the Library's status as a Sun Centre of Excellence for Digital Futures in Libraries.
"Sun is pleased to be collaborating with both the National Library of New Zealand and Endeavor, as this joint digital library initiative will ultimately reduce the cost of managing data and, in the future, will revolutionize the way students and citizens can access information."
"As with other libraries and national institutions, we are confronting the challenge of digital preservation now to ensure there is no gap in the nation's history in the future," continued New Zealand's Carnaby.
Since 2000, the National Library has successfully initiated a programme of digital preservation initiatives, including development of a preservation metadata schema and data dictionary, development of software for the automated extraction of preservation metadata from key file formats, and involvement in international activities such as PREMIS: Preservation Metadata Implementation Strategies. The Library has also implemented an Object Management System to test some elements of the digital preservation process and is currently developing, along with the British Library, a web curator tool for the harvesting of web sites under the auspices of the International Internet Preservation Consortium.
"Ultimately, the success of the NDHA Programme and the benefit to the wider library community, will come from the unique combination of Sun's infrastructure, Endeavor's software, Elsevier's heritage in managing large scale content repositories and our commitment to making New Zealand's digital heritage available in perpetuity."
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems produces advanced library management systems for research and public librarians seeking to integrate ever-increasing electronic resources within their collections. Since 1994, Endeavor has pioneered library management systems by offering enhanced functionality coupled with intuitive interfaces that increase usability and efficiency. Its heritage of technological innovation and service to libraries as well as its significant financial strength as a wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier combine to make Endeavor Information Systems an industry leader. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information.
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect (www.sciencedirect.com), MD Consult (www.mdconsult.com), Scopus (www.info.scopus.com), bibliographic databases and online reference works.
Elsevier (www.elsevier.com), is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).
About National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa
The National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa has a vision of New Zealanders connected with information important to all aspects of their lives. The National Library of New Zealand and the Alexander Turnbull Library collect, preserve and share recorded knowledge about New Zealand and the Pacific for the public, researchers, educators and students across New Zealand. The Library provides access to the nation's documentary heritage, preserves this heritage so that future generations of New Zealanders can explore and enjoy it, provides resources to schools that support all teaching and learning in New Zealand, and fosters relationships with communities, including Maori, in New Zealand and throughout the world. Visit www.natlib.govt.nz for more information.
About National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA) Programme
The establishment of the National Digital Heritage Archive will enable the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa to meet its mandate to collect, preserve and make accessible digital and conventional collections in ways that ensure current and future access to New Zealand's documentary heritage. The Library, by taking responsibility for providing appropriate solutions for the preservation of New Zealand's digital cultural heritage, adds to the global endeavour to preserve national cultural heritage for future generations to explore and enjoy. Since 2000, the Library has run a successful programme of digital preservation initiatives including developing a metadata extraction tool and digitisation of 19th Century newspapers (1,000,000 pages so far) and more recently under the NDHA Programme umbrella, developing an object management system ? an interim system to store digital material, a web curator tool ? for selective web harvesting and an optical character recognition application to search digital content. Visit www.natlib.govt.nz for more information.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
A singular vision "The Network Is The Computer" guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets. Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at www.sun.com.
About Sun in Education
Sun is a leading provider of open network computing solutions to colleges and universities around the world, powering academic, research and high performance computing systems, campus administration, digital libraries and student instruction systems. In addition, Sun is committed to connecting the world's students to the Internet, beginning with primary and secondary schools and extending to all levels of higher education. For information about Sun in Education, please visit www.sun.com/edu.