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ICSTI: New Dutch initiative in academic publishing and distribution

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  • Subject: ICSTI: New Dutch initiative in academic publishing and distribution
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 17:59:10 GMT

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Subject: New Dutch initiative in academic publishing and distribution
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 16:13:47 -0000
From: Barry Mahon <mahons1@EIRCOM.NET>

DARE: a new age in the provision of academic information

With the award of a NAP grant of 2 million euros for the period 2003-2006,
 the Dutch government is giving a strong boost to innovation in the provision
 of academic information in the Netherlands. DARE (Digital Academic
 Repositories) is a collective initiative by the Dutch universities to make
 all their research results digitally accessible. The Koninklijke Bibliotheek
 [Royal Library], the Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen
 [Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences] and the Nederlandse
 Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) [Netherlands Organisation
 for Scientific Research] are also collaborating on this unique project.
Coordination is being taken care of by the SURF Foundation, the ICT
 partnership organisation for higher education and research in the

DARE is modernising the management of Dutch academic information by putting
an infrastructure system in place and providing advanced services for the
 digital recording, accessing, storage and distribution of the Dutch academic
 output. This will greatly improve the visibility of and access to the
 academic output. This is being done in the same way at all the institutions,
 each institution retaining its individual responsibility and exercising its
 own management, without duplication in storage and in the maintenance
 efforts. The standards used are robust in relation to future advances and
 are closely aligned with international developments, enabling the
 information to be exchanged nationally and internationally in a highly
 efficient way. Digital availability, based on open, international standards,
 simplifies the further use of the information for various purposes. Examples
 are publication in traditional or new journals (including electronic ones),
 long-term storage at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek [Royal Library], inclusion
 in the NWO's Open Sources system and incorporation in digital learning
 environments for the future.

In DARE, all the parties concerned are combining forces and existing smaller-
scale projects are being brought together. Enhanced accessibility to their
research will benefit the public profile of Dutch scholars and universities.
 With DARE, the Dutch institutions for university education and research will
 be better able to create a framework to fulfil their social responsibility
 for recording, providing access to and efficiently utilising their research.
 In this way the institutions, and their scholars, will be able to take up
 their positions in a better and more efficient way in the rapidly changing
 world of the provision of academic information.

A summary of DARE is available on the SURF website (www.surf.nl) under



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