The Open Preservation Foundation welcomes the National Library of Norway as its newest member

The Open Preservation Foundation is pleased to announce that the National Library of Norway has become its latest charter member. The National Library of Norway collects all media types published in Norway, including radio and television broadcasts, films, music, and the Norwegian part of the Internet. Within the coming 20–30 years, they plan to digitize their complete collection. 90% of all books ever published in Norway, 30% of all newspapers and nearly 100% of all recorded radio programs from the largest and oldest radio broadcast station in Norway are already digitised.

In January 2016, a revised legal deposit law was passed in Norway, which includes the right to do full domain Internet harvest and the legal deposit of the digital masters for paper publications. With a digital collection of 5.2 petabytes of unique data, growing at a rate of 1 petabyte per year, it is vital for the National Library to have a trustworthy solution for digital preservation. They are looking at preservation in terms of 1000 years.

Svein Arne Solbakk, Director for Digital Library Development, National Library of Norway commented:

We have been working in digital preservation for more than 15 years. In this time, the library has collaborated with several other national libraries on issues related to digital preservation. We are now starting work on revising our digital preservation policies and practice. We consider OPF a valuable arena to discuss digital preservation with other institutions experiencing the same challenges, and to learn valuable lessons from how the other institutions have implemented their digital preservation”.

Joachim Jung, Executive Director, Open Preservation Foundation commented:

We are very pleased to welcome the National Library of Norway as our newest member, and were happy they could join us at our Annual General Meeting in June. Fostering collaboration between our members is a priority for the Foundation. We are fascinated by their ambitious digitisation project, and look forward to working with them”.

The National Library of Norway joins OPF members from archives, libraries, research institutions, universities, and service providers collaborating on shared solutions for effective and efficient digital preservation.

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