The goal of the kopal project is to develop a technological and organizational solution to ensure the long-term availability of electronic publications. Thereby, the transparent integration into existing library systems and the reuseability through memory institutions play a critical role.
In the implementation of the system, international standards for long-term archiving and metadata will be adopted. In this way, both sustainability and the ability to further develop the system are guaranteed.
As part of the project, massive amounts of digital materials of all types from two partner organizations, the German National Library and the Niedersaechsische Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek Goettingen (Goettingen State and University Library), will be deposited. The materials will range from digital documents in the form of PDF, TIFF, or TeX files to complex objects like digital videos.
The technical operation of the long-term archive is located at the Gesellschaft fuer wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Goettingen. The participation of IBM Deutschland GmbH as a development partner enables the professional customization of the software components. IBM will also provide long-term support.