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Kluwer Announces Digital Archive Project with National Library

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May 19, 2003 10:00 AM US Eastern Timezone 

National Library of the Netherlands and Kluwer Academic Publishers Agree 
on Long-Term Digital Archiving

THE HAGUE, Netherlands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 19, 2003--

Permanent Accessibility of Kluwer Online Publications Assured by 
National Library's e-Deposit   

Peter Hendriks, CEO of Kluwer Academic Publishers, and Wim van Drimmelen,
Director General of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library
of the Netherlands, today signed an agreement on long-term digital
archiving of the electronic publications of Kluwer Online. Under the terms
of this agreement, Koninklijke Bibliotheek will receive digital copies of
all Kluwer journals and books made available on its web platform, Kluwer
Online. The web platform now contains 235.000 articles from 670 journals
and more than 600 e-Books covering the areas of science, technology and
medicine. In 2003 alone more than 70.000 articles and 400 e-Books will be

In 1994, the KB decided to include electronic publications into its
deposit collection. Since then, research and development on long-term
digital archiving has been top priority in the National Library of the
Netherlands. In close collaboration with IBM the KB developed the
E-deposit system, which was implemented in December 2002. The Koninklijke
Bibliotheek was the first national library in the world to own an
operational system for the deposit and long-term preservation of digital

For everybody involved in research and the communication of research
results - authors, researchers, librarians and publishers alike - the
agreement between the KB and Kluwer this is yet another step forward in
keeping digital archives available in perpetuity. The KB tries to enter
into similar agreements with all major scientific publishers.

The KB will provide on site access to the journals on a current basis to
all who come to the library and are permitted access to the library's
collections. The agreement covers new publications as well as digitized
backfiles. In addition, should there be a catastrophic disaster such that
the Kluwer Online system is inoperable for a long period of time, the KB
would be part of the interim service system. Finally, should Kluwer or a
successor cease interest to make these journals available on a commercial
basis, as an official archive the KB could open access to all on a remote
(in addition to walk-in) basis. With this agreement Kluwer is able to
provide its customers with a solid and secure long-time archiving solution
for electronic publications.

About Kluwer Academic Publishers

Kluwer Academic Publishers is a leading publisher of scientific
information, specializing in numerous fields within Science, Technology
and Medicine. Located in Dordrecht, Boston, New York and London, Kluwer
provides high quality online products and services, journals and books,
featuring leading authors and researchers from around the world. For more
information on Kluwer, visit http://www.wkap.nl.

About Kluwer Online

The Kluwer Online gateway (http://www.kluweronline.com) reaches millions
of researchers, scientists and professionals in more than 50 countries
with journals, e-Books, Custom Books, and Online Reference works.

About the Koninklijke Bibliotheek

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) (http://www.kb.nl) is the National
Library of the Netherlands. The Library was founded in 1798. The KB is an
autonomous administrative body financed by the Dutch Ministry of
Education, Culture & Science. The KB's mission statement is to provide
universal access to the knowledge and culture of the past and present by
providing high-quality services for research, study and cultural

Major tasks are:

- Preservation, management, documentation and accessibility of the
national cultural heritage in written, printed and electronic form.  
Deposit library for Dutch publications and National Bibliography.

- Research library aimed at Dutch history, language and culture in a wide
international context.

- Rare and special collections like medieval manuscripts and early printed

- Exhibitions and publications.

- Knowledge centre for digitisation, preservation and restoration.

- Support for co-operation between libraries, musea and archives.  
Co-ordinator of national preservation and digitisation programs
Metamorphose and Memory of the Netherlands.

Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands 
Drs. Kim Zwollo, +31 78 6576810 
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Netherlands 
Drs. Johan Steenbakkers, +31 70 3140644 
Fax +31 703140651