9.2 A Comprehensive Approach Towards the Curation of Born Digital Material by Leiden University Libraries

Mart Van Duijn
2017 Zenodo  
One of the central tasks of Leiden University Libraries is to preserve academic heritage: the objects and the results of scholarship created through the centuries and everything related to the history, culture and traditions of the university. The library has more than four hundred years of experience in managing publications and archives of Leiden scholars, mostly written or printed on paper. The digital turn, however, has forced us to rethink our strategies and to update our skills. We are
more » ... fronted with a multitude of heterogeneous born digital materials, coming from different scholarly processes such as research, publication and communication. These developments pose serious challenges to our existing library infrastructure. Furthermore, Open Science will change the way researchers work and will affect the role of the academic library considerably. Therefore, we need to act. Leiden University Libraries is currently in the process of formulating a policy on born digital materials, to create a workflow that will enable us to manage this material effectively and to select or to develop services for the long term storage and accessibility of these objects. A challenge is to maintain the integrity and authenticity of the materials in such a way that the digital objects can be presented in context through our online library catalogue, facilitating the access to these objects as well as possible. Our aim is to ensure that born digital academic heritage can be visible, usable and sustainable, in compliance with the guidelines of the Dutch national strategy for digital heritage. These guidelines demand a research infrastructure which is open and participatory, and which scales to the needs of users in the research, archive, libraries and heritage domains, in step with international standards for trusted digital repositories. To be able to manage the disparate forms of digital academic heritage (publications, research data and software, websites, email, etc.) it was necessary, firstly, to develop a typology of born di [...]
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3611223 fatcat:ctlt7uy3mbbffp274pik7oizvu