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Delivering our strategic priorities

Progress against 2009/10 commitments and report
on key funding projects

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Build our digital infrastructure

Continue to deliver the digital library system to provide storage, preservation and long-term access to digital material

In this year, we have made significant progress with the digital library system, starting the transfer of vulnerable item images into the digital library store, as well as PDF and word format journals. During the year we have upgraded the system enabling 7.4 terabytes of material to be ingested during March, a record volume.

The Library aims to allow digitised and born-digital newspapers to be ingested and stored in a preservation quality store, and to deliver them from the store to users. Materials will include born-digital titles as well as our digitised collections. The operational ingest storage and discovery/delivery services established will be used by future newspaper digitisation projects. To date we have demonstrated the capability to ingest born-digital material through a partnership with one UK publisher.

Continue to lead the development of the European Commission funded PLANETS project in which national libraries and other bodies are developing a framework to support the long-term preservation of digital material

The PLANETS Project (Preservation and Long-term Access through NETworked Services) is a four-year project which commenced in June 2006, designed to deliver a sustainable framework to enable long-term preservation of digital content, increasing Europe's ability to ensure access in perpetuity to its digital information. During its final year the project completed an extensive market survey with nearly 200 organisations responding; held meetings with 18 vendors to explore possible options and commercial interest; completed the next release of the software suite; launched testbed services for public evaluation and community use; and began incorporating feedback from case studies, training course participants and the broader community into the next phase of development work.

The European Commission’s third annual review was very positive, giving specific praise to the British Library for its role in the management of the project. We have approved a plan to host and incubate a successor organisation at the Library and the Open Planets Foundation (OPF), based on an open licensing approach, was subsequently created in March 2010 with ten founding members and providing a sustainable organisation to carry forward the results of the PLANETS and further develop digital preservation capabilities. The successful programme of training events has attracted expressions of interest in the use of PLANETS from the United Nations, UNESCO and NATO.

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