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Blackwell Press Release - Archiving Agreement with KB

Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 13:16:39 -0400
From: Peters Dawn <DPeters@bos.blackwellpublishing.com>
To: ann.okerson@yale.edu
Subject: Blackwell Press Release - Archiving Agreement with KB

I hope all is well with you.  Here is a release that may be of interest to
the liblicense group.

Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek 
Sign Archiving Agreement

Permanent accessibility of Blackwell's electronic publications assured 
by national library's e-Depot

Berlin, June 22nd, 2004 - Today, at the congress of the International
Publishers Association (IPA) in Berlin, Robert Campbell, President of
Blackwell Publishing Ltd, and Wim van Drimmelen, Director General of the
Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library of the Netherlands,
sign an agreement on long-term digital archiving of the electronic
publications of Blackwell Publishing.  Under the terms of this agreement
the Koninklijke Bibliotheek will receive digital copies of all
publications made available on Blackwell Publishing's online platform (
www.blackwell-synergy.com <http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/> ) which
currently contains about 380,000 articles in 740 academic and medical

"Blackwell is committed to providing exceptional publishing services to
all its customers and that includes perpetual digital archiving," says Bob
Campbell.  "With this agreement Blackwell is able to provide a solid and
secure long-time archiving solution for electronic publications."

In 1994, the KB decided to include electronic publications into its
depository 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
electronic 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 publications.

"For everybody involved in research and the communication of research
results - authors, researchers, librarians and publishers alike - the
agreement between the KB and society publisher, Blackwell Publishing, is
yet another step forward in keeping digital archives available in
perpetuity," commented Wim van Drimmelen.  The KB already signed similar
agreements with other major STM publishers and tries to enter into a
contract 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
Blackwell's online platform is inoperable for a long period of time, the
KB would be part of the interim service system.

About Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Blackwell Publishing is the world's leading society publisher.  The
company remains independent with over 923 staff members in offices in the
US, UK, Australia, Japan, Denmark, and Germany.  Blackwell publishes over
700 journals in partnership with more than 550 academic and professional
societies.  This year alone, Blackwell will publish over 600 text and
reference books across a wide range of academic and professional subjects.  
Blackwell's mission as an expert publisher is to create long-term
partnerships with our clients that enhance learning, disseminate research,
and improve the quality of professional practice.  For more information on
Blackwell Publishing, please visit www.blackwellpublishing.com
<http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/> or www.blackwell-synergy.com
<http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/> .

About the Koninklijke Bibliotheek

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) (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
and 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 enrichment.

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
books. Exhibitions and publications. Knowledge center for digitization,
preservation and restoration. Support for co-operation between libraries,
musea and archives. Co-ordinator of national preservation and digitization
programs Metamorphose and Memory of the Netherlands.


Blackwell Publishing Media Contacts:

Dawn Peters
Emily Gillingham
+44 1865 476425

For further technical information please contact:

Blackwell Publishing Ltd                                                               Koninklijke Bibliotheek
Pippa Scoones
Web Publishing Director
9600 Garsington Road
Oxford OX4 2DQ
Tel: +44 1865 776868
Fax: +44 1865 714591
Email: pippa.scoones@oxon.blackwellpublishing.com

Web: www.blackwellpublishing.com