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Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

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The Hochschulbibliothekszentrum of North Rhine-Westphalia (hbz) is a central service and development institution for the academic libraries in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. In this role, the hbz supports and initiates the national restructuring of information services which has become necessary due to the rapid technological changes seen in recent years.
Central services of the hbz include network services, the Digitale Bibliothek (DigiBib), interlibrary loans, digital content, portal technology and library statistics. Further key areas of the hbz include Open Access, Linked Open Data, digitisation and long-term preservation.
The hbz falls within the remit of the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia. Based on its years of experience and competence it cooperates with a wide range of external partners for the success-oriented implementation of projects together with its clients.

Competences and priorities in the area of long-term preservation

The hbz pursues a holistic approach in the field of long-term preservation which includes organisational and strategic planning work in addition to the usual technical aspects. For this reason, the hbz has participated in different nestor working groups over many years.

The hbz advises on, identifies and meets the demand for modular long-term preservation solutions. It is actively involved in shaping the infrastructure for the long-term accessibility of digital data at both the state and federal level. For instance, the hbz is a partner of the "Digitales Archiv NRW" (DA NRW) project aimed at setting up a long-term accessibility solution for North Rhine-Westphalia which cuts across different cultural genres. As an infrastructure partner, it assumes particular tasks here for the long-term preservation and accessibility of materials from university and state libraries. With its Edoweb system it also operates a comprehensive solution for archiving the electronic deposit copies of the Landesbibliothekszentrum Rheinland-Pfalz. Involvement in the German LOCKSS network and the provision of modular services such as PDF/A conversion also enable the implementation of demand-driven solutions for different customer groups.

The hbz is currently active in the nestor "Cooperative long-term preservation", "Costs" and "Policy development" working groups, contributing its own research and development work to the competence network.


Dr. Andres Quast
Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz)
Gruppe Publikationssysteme
Jülicher Str. 6
50674 Köln
Phone +49 221 - 400 75 - 460
Fax +49 221 - 400 75 - 180

Last update: 03.03.2017

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