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The German National Library is the central archiving library and national bibliography centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is uniquely entrusted with the task of collecting, permanently archiving and fully documenting all German and German-language publications from 1913, foreign publications about Germany, translations of German works, and the works of German-speaking emigrants published abroad between 1933 and 1945. It is also responsible for bibliographically indexing these works and making them accessible to the general public. The German National Library is involved in various national and international partnerships. It is, for instance, the leading partner in developing and maintaining rules and standards in Germany and plays a significant role in the development of international standards.

Competences and priorities in the area of long-term preservation

In the kopal project (sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)) the German National Library and various partners set up a joint digital repository from 2004 to 2007. This involves the administration of information for migration and emulation in LMER format (digital preservation metadata for electronic resources). Also, the open-source software koLibRI (kopal Library for Retrieval and Ingest) was created, providing a framework which can be used for setting up format migration processes.
The German National Library is currently active in the following long-term preservation projects:
DP4Lib (Digital Preservation for Libraries), KEEP (Keeping Emulation Environments Portable), LUKII (LOCKSS and kopal Infrastructure and Interoperability) and SHAMAN (Sustaining Heritage Access through Multivalent Archiving).
In 2009 the BMBF-funded nestor project under the leadership of the German National Library was turned into a competence network for the long-term preservation and accessibility of digital resources for Germany.


nestor Geschäftsstelle
Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
Adickesallee 1
60322 Frankfurt am Main
Phone +49 69 1525-1141
Fax +49 69 1525-1799

Last update: 04.01.2017

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