January 17, 2022

Report: “How the National Library of Scotland Aims to Digitally Preserve Millions of Books”

From New Statesman Tech:

The library has an ongoing digital strategy with a number of targets, one of which is that it will have a third of its collections in a digital format by 2025. Considering the library has about 31 million items that it looks after on-site, this is an ambitious aim.

“The two ways that will happen is through digitisation, where we digitise physical materials such as maps, exam papers or books, and then we have new types of content that are born digital including one million electronic journal articles and thousands of e-books per year, which we’ll also factor in as part of our aim,” he [Stuart Lewis, associate director of digital at library] says.


…the National Library of Scotland wanted to shift to a multiple copy approach, where it would store three copies of each piece of content in three different locations. Two of the copies would automatically replicate in the library’s two datacentres: one in Edinburgh and one in Glasgow, and the library would also be able to begin using cloud-type technologies on-premise.

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