Merger of KB (Dutch National Library) and the Dutch National Archives

I heard recently from a colleague  that the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences has announced that the Dutch National Archives are to merge with the Dutch National Library (KB). Both institutions have been major players in digital preservation and in development of appropriate systems and practices for preserving digital records and publications respectively. The Dutch National Archives has implemented Tessella’s Safety Deposit Box whereas the KB has been working with IBM’s DIAS system since 2003 and is now developing a new architecture to replace it. The merger follows on from a series of mergers of national libraries and archives including Canada and more recently New Zealand.

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