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British Library to secure its digital treasures

Antony Savvas

The British Library is adopting a new data security system that will enable it to safely store web publishing content.

The library has selected nCipher to protect the integrity of its National Digital Library. 

This library will contain everything from digitised versions of centuries-old manuscripts to digital journals and web archives, and is expected to amass up to 300 terabytes of content over the next five years.

NCipher’s DSE200 document sealing engine has been deployed to time-stamp and digitally sign every item stored in the library.
This will ensure that electronic documents and other materials are authentic and that they have not been modified from the original.

The British Library receives a copy of every printed publication produced in the UK and Ireland, and purchases materials from around the world, contributing to a collection of around 150 million items.  

The Library is already sourcing digitised materials from print and audio publishers, archiving part of the web and digitising some of its own collections of printed materials.

The pace will accelerate when the Legal Deposit Libraries Act of 2003, which requires that UK electronic publications are deposited in the Library and saved as part of the national published archive, starts to take effect.

 


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