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Release of the 1st DRIVER Summit Report

Dear colleagues,

On 16 and 17 January 2008, DRIVER II successfully carried out its
first Summit in Goettingen, Germany. Approximately 100 invited
representatives from the European Community, including
representatives of the European Commission, over 20 spokespersons
of European repository initiatives as well as experts in
different repository related fields from Europe, the U.S., Canada
and South Africa came together to discuss their experiences and
concrete actions with respect to the further building of
cross-country repository infrastructures.

The first DRIVER Summit was a successful milestone on the way to
building a professional, active repository community. Over the
course of 2008, DRIVER II will invite various stakeholders to
support DRIVER in an advisory capacity and to prepare the
building of a Confederation, by exploring models of and potential
liaisons with, existing organisations and initiatives (like
SPARC, LIBER, the European Digital Library, Alliance for
Permanent Access, etc.).

On behalf of the DRIVER II Consortium, Dr Norbert Lossau,
Scientific Coordinator, has prepared a brief report on the
Summit, available on the DRIVER website and the following link:



The EC-funded DRIVER II project is leading the way as the largest
initiative of its kind in helping to enhance repository
development worldwide. Its main objective is to build a virtual,
European scale network of existing institutional repositories
using technology that will manage the physically distributed
repositories as one large scale virtual content source. For
further information please go to the central entry point of the
DRIVER initiative: www.driver-community.eu

Dr. Birgit Schmidt
Niedersaechsische Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek
Elektronisches Publizieren / Universitaetsverlag
Platz der Goettinger Sieben 1
D-37073 Goettingen

Tel.: (+ 49) 551 - 39 5228 / 91188
Fax: (+ 49) 551 - 39 5222
E-Mail: bschmidt@sub.uni-goettingen.de
Internet: www.sub.uni-goettingen.de/0_e-publishing.html.de
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