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The Development of the NL as a Research Organisation

In 2010, the institutional financing of research, development and innovation was launched in a new way while the resolution of research plans was still being completed. The National Library of the CR prepared the relevant concept for the development until 2015, which was composed of five areas of activities. For 2010, the resolution of tasks in three areas was planned, namely:

Area 1. Improvement of the Virtual Research Environment of the Manuscriptorium
Project duration: 2010–2015
Project leader: Zdeněk Uhlíř

The basic objective in 2010 was further progress in data aggregation, technical development, the creation of external tools for comparing full texts, diversification of the content through its expansion by editions of music documents and the creation of external tools for the comparison of digital images. What was aggregated were particularly the data of the partners participating in the REDISCOVER European project, namely the Lithuanian National Library in Vilnius, the National Library of Poland in Warsaw and a branch of the National Library of Romania in Alba Iulia. Also the aggregation of the data of the University Library in Budapest was completed. The technical development focused predominantly on fine-tuning the new platform of the Manuscriptorium developed in the previous period within the ENRICH European project. The external tool for the comparison of full-texts was made accessible as a pilot operation. In the area of music documents, a suitable editor that can be adapted for the needs of the Manuscriptorium was identified. Work was begun on an external tool for the comparison of images, whose result is a reliable distinction between various types, such as text, image, music notes and bordure. Work in all of these research areas will continue also in the following year.

Area 2. Long-Term Preservation (LTP) of Digital Documents
Project duration: 2010–2015
Project leader: Jan Hutař

The fundamental research was conducted on the available tools and methodologies for planning the preservation and quantifying the expenses for the long-term preservation of digital documents (LTP). On the basis of the analyses, tools were recommended for further analysis and implementation (the PLATO tools and the outputs of the LIFE III project). The relevant strategies of the long-term preservation in global libraries were analysed and further work was planned for 2011, which should lead to a finalisation of this strategy for the NL CR. During the analyses of LTP systems, it was shown already in 2009 that these systems work with metadata in their internal format. For the ingestion of documents into the archive and for the delivery of the documents outside of the archives, it will always be necessary to convert the metadata. The DTD for monographs and periodicals was mapped into the Rosetta and SBD LTP systems and an application was created for the automatic migration of DTD into the internal formats of the LTP systems and the automatic sending of the created data packages. Both were being resolved predominantly as testing of both LTP systems; the outputs of the resolution will be utilised within the National Digital Library project in the following years.

Area 5. The Development of New Methods of the Conservation of Modern Library Documents
Project duration: 2010–2015
Project leader: Petra Vávrová

The fundamental objectives of the project include the development of the methodology of the research of the collections of the National Library of the CR and the registration of its results through an electronic form connected with the knowledge base. One of its components is also a passportisation of the depositories which the NL CR has used since the end of the 1940s. The base will make it easier to decide on the priorities in the area of conservation of modern documents, set the limits of manipulation with endangered documents and effectively connect the selection of documents with the process of digitisation. Also the optimal solutions in the case of damaged documents will be determined (repairs, deposition in protective covers, reformatting, etc.). Another objective is research connected with the typology of the storage spaces of the NL CR and further the actual historical allocation of the collections.

Oct 02, 2012
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