The inner workings of the Internet preserved by the National library of Sweden

How does the Internet work? That knowledge will now not only be preserved forever, but also made public, thanks to a new collaboration between the National library of Sweden and the American organization RFC Editor.

Foto: Jens Gustavsson

An “RFC” – a document which provides  technical and organizational notes about the Internet – explains how communication takes place and how e-mails and other web content are transmitted. The National Library of Sweden will now store close to 8000 such documents in its digital storage platform Mimer and provide access to them via the Swedish National Union Catalog Libris.

– We are  excited to be part of this effort. In the era of digital information, we need to preserve these specifications so that future generations will be able to understand how information is structured and how the internet works, says Gunilla Herdenberg, National Librarian of Sweden.

The documents have been provided by RFC Editor, an organization which for several decades has stored protocols on how the internet works.

– One of our fundamental goals is to preserve this rich material which plays such an important role in interoperability on the Internet. By partnering with the National Library of Sweden, we are able to expand that mandate by working with an organization that has the resources to archive this digital document series according to current archival best practice, says Heather Flanagan, RFC Editor.

The National Library of Sweden will continuously archive more RFCs and add them to Libris, as they are published by the RFC Editor.

For further information, please contact:

Peter Krantz, CIO
+4670-007 3362

Daniel Jansson, technical business analyst
+4670-007 3303

Contact person: Anette Lindh, e-mail: firstname.lastname@kb.se

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RFC Editor official website

More information about the effort (via Internet Engineering Task Force, IETF)

National Library