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The National Library of the Netherlands (KB) is mass-digitizing all Dutch publications since 1470. This article outlines KB's strategy for making this output publicly available.
In the next 20 years, the Dutch national library (KB) will mass-digitize all Dutch printed books, newspapers and magazines since 1470, a total of 730 million pages. Until recently, this was done by public funding alone. To speed up things in a climate of ongoing budget cuts, KB entered into public-private partnerships with both Google and Proquest to digitize 42 million pages by 2013. Besides the availability of funding, digitization priority is determined by a mix of client and institutional needs such as copyright status, uniqueness, institutional capability and user demand.
At the same time, KB is answering user demand for centralized access and content distribution by streamlining its scattered online services portfolio. For this, KB develops two strategic lines of action.
* The first is on metadata (searching FOR publications): in 2013, KB will unify metadata searching across all its paper and digital collections via OCLC's WorldCat Local.
* The second is on full-text (searching IN publications): for searching in full-text historic publications (i.e. mass digitization output) KB is currently developing its Platform for Digital Publications. Besides a search engine, it is also a:
* Presentation environment, associating each full-text object with a standardized webpage and persistent URL, offering a uniform look and feel, and unique reference for all KB's full-texts. This landing page enables third-party services (e.g. WorldCat Local, Europeana, Google) to refer to objects in a persistent way.
* Delivery platform, enabling KB to deliver content in the workflows of users via APIs and expose it to research communities.
* Aggregator, enabling KB to set up a network of partners to bring together all Dutch digital books, newspapers and magazines, at the same time supporting Europeana's content aggregation strategy.
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