Dutch Library wants to digitize books and archive sites

Tue 12 January 2010 10:11, Bas van den Beld

Dutch Library wants to digitize books and archive sites

The Dutch Royal Library has decided to follow France's example and is planning to start digitizing their own books and other content, rather than waiting for Google to do so.

The Libraries director Savenije told Dutch newspaper NRC Next that the library wants to set up a national information-infrastructure which makes use of all the digital possibilities. With that the library wants to make sure all copyright owners are involved.

The plan the library made says that in 2013 10 percent of all newspapers has to be digitized. The plan also forsees in archiving 10.000 Dutch websites.

The Library already started digitizing newspapers in 2006 which go back to the 17th century.

Last month the French decided they would take the digitizing of books in their own hands after many opposed to the attempts Google was making with their book-deal. Though this decision the Dutch made has nothing directly to do with Google it does show that the book-deal might have speeded up different European countries to act on the digitizing themselves.


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