National Digital Library

Where
Finland
When
2016
Who
The National Digital Library Project: Ministry of Education and Culture; subproject Finna: National Library of Finland; subproject DSS: CSC - IT Centre for Science
Key objectives of the measure:

National Digital Library (http://www.kdk.fi/en) is a project which aims to ensure that electronic materials of Finnish culture and science are managed with a high standard, are easily accessed and securely preserved well into the future. It is one of the key electronic culture and research infrastructures currently under construction in Finland.

Participating archives, libraries and museums collaborate on saving our national heritage in a digital format to make it available for all.

Scope of the measure:
National
Nature of the measure:
institutional
Main feature of the measure:

The National Digital Library consists of two services:

  1. The Finna: a user interface search service, which brings together the collections of Finnish libraries, archives and museums. Finna provides free access to cultural content and digital information from Finnish museums, libraries and archives.

The Finna service features treasures from the collections as well as the latest research results. Users can easily access images of museum objects and works of art, digital documents, books, maps and reference data independent of time and place. Finna's information is reliable and up to date, thanks to the efforts of experts at the participating archives, libraries and museums. Finna's user interface is responsive to different usage environments across a variety of devices.

At the moment, Finna provides access to materials of around 110 organisations (University and polytechnic libraries, Public libraries, Museums and Archives). Finna provides access to 1,3 million digital objects more than 10 million entries in the collections of 110 Finnish museums, archives and libraries.

 

  1. The Digital Preservation System (DSS): A centralised digital preservation system designed to store digital cultural heritage objects of museums, archives and libraries.

 

Digital preservation has been started from bit level preservation. The national Digital Preservation Service currently ensure that the original digital data (bit stream) of the information remains unchanged and can be preserved on up-to-date storage media. Many supporting processes include to the Digital Preservation Service have been design and implemented. E.g. process to support organization during deployment phase and the integration to the preservation system.

In the future the Digital Preservation Service will ensure that the digital information remains also intelligible and that the actual information can also be accessed by future generations. In this phase the focus will on logical preservation and preservation methods (e.g. file migrations) will be deployed. Also the necessary hardware, services, processes and manage

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:
  • Improving the availability of digital information and cultural resources and services and making their use easier
  • Strengthening cooperation across organisational and sectoral borders.
  • Improving interoperability, manageability, and efficiency of processes in libraries, archives and museums.
  • Preserving the potential of cultural heritage material far into the future.
Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Budget is 3 million euro annually.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Media Arts
Publishing
Cultural Value Chain
Distribution
Participation