the future of libraries in the digital age
Your Name and Title: Marton Nemeth
Library, School, or Organization Name: Monguz Ltd, Hungary, National Széchényi Library, Hungary
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Hungary
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Mainly European librarians, but everyone that is interested in the topic
Short Session Description (one line): ELDORADO- A Hungarian service model for a common digital document register and a digital document supply system
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Recently a consortium have been formed by the Hungarian libraries led by the National Széchényi Library (NSZL). This consortium is maintaining a project called ELDORADO which is an acronym that stands for National Archive and Document storage for Electronic Documents and Services. It provides a new service model and infrastructure environment in digital library field. Our company Monguz Ltd. is the system developer partner, focusing on the development of the whole hardware and software architecture and infrastructure of the project. Currently the project is on development phase. Testing phase with library consortia partners and their patrons starts around September 2014
The main scope of the project can be set by the following objectives:
ELDORADO project offers a single service platform, with some major upgrade of digital library services for libraries. The major aspects of this service upgrade are the following:
In context of the ELDORADO project a common business model should be provided with libraries and publishers.
The goal is to build up a commercial service model with the support of public institutions (library). The commercial activities are based on an on-demand content portal interface with one-stop-shop functions. It means that users will be able to order digital documents from any Hungarian library by simply entering all the necessary data of the requested documents and by sending the order request with one-click. The ordering procedure will be supported with an aggregated catalogue service (that available through a single content portal).
A major goal is to take priority to on-demand user requests related to the set of general digitization plans and objectives (in institutional and in national level as well).
Finding the proper DRM, licence management solution is essential in order to offer remote access to digitized documents and securing the success of the business model in partnership with the copyright-holders.
In connection of determining the biggest ELDORADO project service document types, the major collaboration stakeholders can be defined in a practical way. In case of public domain document range, libraries from all over the country are consortium partners of the projects. In case of out-of commerce, but copyrighted documents, the main projects partners can be the main copyright aggregators in order to form the digitisation and service conditions of this type of documents. In case of in-commerce documents the main partners are the publishers that held the copyright of their respective author’s works
ELDORADO project can offer the following benefits of the related stakeholders:
To libraries it can be an efficient common system that support the whole digitization process with a single service platform and efficient copyright management.
To publishers it helps to make further, deeper contacts with their customers to find more about their needs and expectations. Furthermore new opportunities can be appear to re-selling out-of commerce documents in digital form (find new market segments, perhaps enable to serve special on-demand user requests benefitted to the publishers as well).
To users the project can be a fundamental cornerstone in the digital document market as it can represent an easy, single and legal offer to access a wide range of documents through on-demand requests. These documents can be copyrighted and non-copyrighted, digital-born, digitized or non-digitized (offering an on-demand order to digitization). The users through their on-demand request can take a direct influence to form short and long-term digitization strategies of Hungarian libraries. In this way their real needs will be reflected in the digitization strategic objectives.
For our system and content developer company ELDORADO project can be a great reference towards the international market as well, in order to support the making of similar projects in other European countries.
More information about the project can be found (mainly in Hungarian) on the dedicated project page of the Hungarian National Széchényi Library: http://www.oszk.hu/eldorado
The projects partners are currently planning to promote the ongoing activities and results to the international professional audience as well.
The project is supported by the European Union and co-financed by the European Social Fund. The project budget is 250 million HUF (approx. 800.000 EUR)