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National Digital Library of Finland: How to Enable Access to Digital Cultural Material to Users of Today and to Future Generations

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Minna Karvonen
Ministry of Education, Finland

Ministry of Education has started a project called "National Digital Library" (2008 - 2011), which encompasses digitization of prioritized cultural heritage material of museums, archives and libraries, and online accessibility and long term preservation of both digitized and born-digital cultural material. The aim of this project is to establish one national access point, through which the most essential cultural heritage collections are searchable on the item level. The service will allow access also to databases of immovable heritage and various services of museums, archives and both research and public libraries. In addition, the Finnish National Digital Library aims at creating the lasting mechanisms for long-term preservation of digital cultural material and scientific information (common architecture and guidelines, common information system, legal and contractual responsibilities, processes etc.). National Digital Library of Finland encompasses:

  • digitisation of cultural heritage collections of museums, libraries, archives, and audiovisual archives
  • access to digital cultural resources, and
  • long-term preservation of digital cultural heritage.

The aims

  • to make the most essential Finnish collections both digitised and searchable through a common user interface (in operation 2011)
  • to create sustainable solution for long-term preservation of digital cultural material (finalised plan in 2010)
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