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Archives are responsible not only for preserving their paper documents, but also for safekeeping their digital records over the long-term. A Digital Repository is necessary to carry out Dutch archival law and regulations in a digital context. The Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands is creating an infrastructure which enables them to guarantee the permanent access of digital records, to effectively give access to this material via the internet, and to efficiently transfer digital records from a government organisation to the Nationaal Archief. The Digital Repository makes it possible to ingest digital records, to maintain and preserve them, and to access and render the digital records in their authentic form.
Record managers and archivists.
Overall purpose and significance of session:
This session will give an overview of the Digital Repository project. It will discuss how the Digital Repository is designed, developed and built in collaboration with record creators and archival institutions in the Netherlands, and how this can lead to a Trusted Digital Repository for both archival institutions and record creators.
The Dutch administration produces digital records that must be preserved for different periods of time. Some are earmarked as cultural heritage and will be transferred to the Nationaal Archief. For this reason the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands is developing a Digital Repository. Governmental agencies developing records management systems, however, are concentrating primarily on facilitating their work processes. This raises the risk that records not considered to be cultural heritage will not be properly taken care of. In addition, some regional archival institutions face the problem of not having the expertise and facilities to properly take care of digital records. The Nationaal Archief is thus aiming to become a Trusted Digital Repository for the Dutch central government and some of the regional archival institutions. The plans and results so far of the Nationaal Archief to achieve this will be presented.