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Bavarian State Library Selects the Rosetta Digital Preservation System and Establishes a Strategic Partnership with Ex Libris for Long Term Preservation

Press Release: Ex Libris [November 18, 2009]

Copyright (c) 2009 Ex Libris

Abstract: Ex Libris announced that the Bavarian State Library has selected the Rosetta digital preservation system, which will preserve and provide access to the extensive and rapidly growing digital collections of the Bavarian State Library.


Hamburg, Germany – November 18, 2009. Ex Libris Group is pleased to announce that the Bavarian State Library has selected the Rosetta digital preservation system, which will preserve and provide access to the extensive and rapidly growing digital collections of the Bavarian State Library.

The Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation system enables institutions to manage, preserve, and provide access to institutional documents, research output in digital formats, digital images, Web sites, and other digitally born and digitized materials, for perpetuity. Rosetta supports the acquisition, validation, ingest, storage, preservation, and dissemination of digital objects from many sources and formats, while keeping this information secure and allowing institutions to implement multiple digital preservation policies and strategies. Built on a scalable, distributed architecture which enables it to handle very large collections, Rosetta's sophisticated preservation processes continually track file formats and update the digital objects in the system.

Based on the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) model and conforming to trusted digital repository (TDR) requirements, Rosetta has been developed in partnership with the National Library of New Zealand and now serves as an important cornerstone in the National Library’s National Digital Heritage Archive project.

The licensing of Rosetta by the Bavarian State Library is supported by significant special resources of the Bavarian State of Sciences, Research and the Arts. The inclusion of selected digital collections from university libraries in Bavaria is already earmarked for the first project phase. Rosetta is planned to be the long-term preservation solution for all state libraries within the library consortium in the Free State of Bavaria.

Dr. Rolf Griebel, director general of the Bavarian State Library, explained that the richness of Rosetta’s features significantly influenced their decision. "Following an intensive evaluation process, we were impressed by the rich preservation functionality and flexibility of the Rosetta digital preservation system. Rosetta will integrate seamlessly with our existing systems and provide continuing access to the digital heritage of the Free State of Bavaria," commented Dr Griebel.

"In particular, the functionality of the preservation planning module was a crucial factor for us," added Dr. Griebel. "We also required a system which complied with international preservation and digitization standards such as the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS). Overall Rosetta best met our requirements."

"We are delighted that a world-renowned institution such as the Bavarian State Library has chosen Ex Libris Rosetta," noted Ullrich Jüngling, sales and marketing director at Ex Libris (Germany) GmbH. "It will be a great pleasure to work in close collaboration with the State Library as this flagship project goes forward."

About the Bavarian State Library

Founded in 1558, the Bavarian State Library has a collection of more than 9.3 million volumes and 52,000 ongoing journals and is one of the leading research libraries in Europe. The library owns 92,000 manuscripts and 20,000 incunabula (early printed materials), and plays a major role in the preparation and preservation of the written heritage in Germany.

The Bavarian State Library is famous for the services in the area of innovative digitizing technology, e.g. using the ScanRobot and mass digitization (e.g. through the public-private partnership with Google to digitize more than a million books from the library). The library was honored as the "Library of the year" in 2008 by the German Library Association and the Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius Foundation.

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 75 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.

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Publication Year:2009
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:November 18, 2009
Publisher:Ex Libris
Company: Ex Libris
Products: Rosetta
Libraries: Bavarian State Library
Subject: System announcements -- selection
Record Number:14378
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:2009-11-18 05:38:16