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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Portal of Francophone national digital libraries launches

The Réseau francophone des bibliothèques nationales numériques [Francophone Network of National Digital Libraries] has launched its portal. See the October 18, 2008 press release (in French). (Thanks to Olivier Charbonneau.) A rough translation of excerpts from the press release:

... The network makes real the double mission of long-term preservation and wide diffusion of the documentary heritage of French-speaking areas. The design and the execution of the portal were entrusted to the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. ...

Five principles guide the libraries' activities:

  • non-exclusive access to the digital collections for search engines;
  • guarantee of gratis access to the public for public domain documents;
  • maintaining the digital files in the public domain and guarantee of their long-term preservation;
  • multilingual access to the collections;
  • certification by the national libraries of the entirety and the authenticity of the documents put online.

This unique project of preservation and adding value to a heritage that is often poorly accessible and sometimes threatened with disappearance is developed with the active assistance of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie ...

[At the portal], Web users will thus have the opportunity to consult newspapers, journals, books, and maps, as well as digitized archives from the collections of ten or so institutions from French-speaking places ...

See also the recent French government report, France Numérique 2012, which alludes to the portal.

PS Update (12/13/08). The RFBNN is sponsored by the national libraries of Belgium, Canada, France, Luxembourg, and Switzerland, the provincial library of Quebec, and the Library of Alexandria.  (Thanks to the IFLA ITS Newsletter.)  The Francophone countries committed themselves to launch the RFBNN in Article 43 of the September 2006 Bucharest Declaration.