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APARSEN - Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe Network


The four-year APARSEN (Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe Network) project dedicated to long-term digital accessibility challenges in the fields of culture and science was launched in 2011. It was funded by the European Commission. By the end of 2014, 30 institutions had pooled their research in the field of long-term digital accessibility under the APARSEN umbrella with the aim of jointly raising research to a new level.

Despite efforts made in past EU framework programmes for research, the research landscape in the field of long-term digital preservation is still often characterised by time-limited and regionally fragmented projects. Countless libraries, archives, university institutions in Europe and worldwide, for instance, are working concurrently on solutions aimed at preserving the usability of known and future data formats. The objective of APARSEN was to form a virtual competence centre for long-term digital preservation at least for the European region, with the aim of creating a "Virtual Centre of Excellence in Digital Preservation".

In order to integrate their wide-ranging activities, the project partners subdivided the project into four main topic areas:

  1. Trust
  2. Sustainability
  3. Access
  4. Usability

All the project results and reports can be downloaded free of charge from

The German National Library contributes, amongst others, to these work packages

  • Digital Preservation Standards
  • Persistent Identifiers
  • Digital Rights
  • Certification of trustworthy digital archives
  • Cost/benefit modeling
  • Business cases


European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme

Project duration

1 January 2011 - 31 December 2014

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Last update: 09.03.2015

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