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ETH Zurich Selects the Ex Libris Rosetta Digital Preservation System

Press Release: Ex Libris [June 6, 2011]

Copyright (c) 2011 Ex Libris

Abstract: Ex Libris announced that ETH-Bibliothek, the library of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), selected the Rosetta digital preservation system to preserve, manage, and provide access to the Institute’s digital collections in perpetuity.

Hamburg, Germany—June 6, 2011. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that ETH-Bibliothek, the library of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), has selected the Rosetta digital preservation system to preserve, manage, and provide access to the Institute's digital collections in perpetuity.

Based on the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) model, Rosetta supports the acquisition, validation, ingest, storage, preservation, and delivery of digital objects. Rosetta enables academic institutions as well as libraries, archives, and other memory 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. With its one-of-a-kind preservation module for risk analysis, planning, and action, Rosetta helps libraries increase their value to their institution by offering extended digital preservation services.

As the information service of a leading global scientific institution, ETH-Bibliothek plays a key role in preserving the scientific heritage of ETH Zurich. Rosetta will collect and preserve a huge range of digital material, with a focus on research data, which, depending on the researchers' needs, can range from raw data to publication-ready data sets. In addition, Rosetta will handle administrative records that are digitally transferred to ETH Zurich Archives and are expected to increase in volume considerably over the coming years. And, of course, Rosetta will preserve ETH-Bibliothek's own digital assets, such as the output from its mass digitization projects.

"The development of Rosetta has its roots within the digital heritage community, and a clear understanding of the community's needs is manifest throughout the product," commented Dr. Matthias Töwe, head of digital curation at ETH-Bibliothek. "Rosetta's sophisticated preservation planning methodology, the scalability of the solution, and the integration of a format library—which enables us to add and manage formats and to identify risks for all formats—were crucial factors in our decision to adopt this solution."

Ullrich Jüngling, Ex Libris vice president of sales for Central and East Europe, remarked, "We are delighted to welcome ETH Zurich into the budding European Rosetta community. We are looking forward to collaborating closely with ETH Zurich on this exciting project, as we did during the successful implementation of the Primo discovery and delivery solution. With Rosetta, the Institute will be able to meet the challenges of preserving its multiple digital collections."

About ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is a science and technology university with an outstanding research record, a place where 26,000 people from 80 nations study, conduct research, and work. About 410 professors carry out research that is highly valued worldwide and teach in 16 departments, which focus mainly on engineering sciences, architecture, system-oriented sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences. The ETH-Bibliothek is the largest library in Switzerland and the main library of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The library holds more than 7.6 million items, including journals, databases, images, maps, old prints, archival and audiovisual materials, and much more.

For more information about ETH Zurich and ETH-Bibliothek, see and

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic 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 80 countries on six continents.

Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research 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:2011
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:June 6, 2011
Publisher:Ex Libris
Company: Ex Libris
Products: Rosetta
Libraries: ETH-Bibliothek
Subject: System announcements -- selection
Record Number:15756
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:2011-06-06 06:58:53