2009-11-16

A step forward

The Deputy National Librarian at the National Library of Sweden, Magdalena Gram, is happy to announce that the report is finally being presented:
“It’s the first step forward and one that is very welcome,” she says, “but we must be prepared to review the law at regular intervals.” Development takes place incredibly fast.
 
It is mainly the established publicists on the Internet that will supply material. These could be newspaper/magazine companies, book and music publishers, radio and TV companies as well as film producers. Private websites and blogs are not covered by the proposal.
Some issues remain to be solved
 
However, the draft law contains certain loopholes. There is no collective approach when it comes to issues concerning completeness and selectivity in collection, the National library of Sweden’s automated acquirement of material on the web and the burning issues about availability. Essential problems relating to copyright and the Personal Data Act are thus left unsolved.
“The discussion about copyright must constantly be of concern,” continues Magdalena Gram. Reality quickly distances itself from the legislators.
The National Library of Sweden builds infrastructure
 
If the draft law goes through, a decisive step has still been taken towards the safeguarding of the continuously growing digital cultural heritage. In order to prepare itself for the challenge, the National Library of Sweden will, over the next few years, develop a technical infrastructure and an organization that can handle the digital influx.

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