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Project description:

The purpose of the project is to work with providers and users of scientific information and repositories to deliver insight into the issues of sustainable permanent access and provide cross-fertilisation of ideas and requirements between providers and users, the research community as a whole and national/European funding agencies. Among the major tasks this project will provide:

  • a roadmap for the support of e-infrastructures for long-term accessibility and usability of scientific and other digital information in Europe
  • insight into current and planned research and development relating to e-infrastructures and permanent access
  • identification of gaps in the existing and planned infrastructures
  • the ability to share and to capitalise on best practises as well as understanding the impact that e-Science is having on the research communities
  • better-informed investment decisions and sustainable e-repositories through an impact analysis framework and tool based on these insights
  • an international process for evaluating the sustainability and trustworthiness of digital repositories, and identifying best practice


  • Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Frankfurt (DNB), Germany
  • FernUniversität in Hagen (FUH), Germany
  • Goettingen State and University Library (SUB), Germany
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom
  • Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), Netherlands
  • International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Netherlands
  • European Space Agency, ESRIN (ESA), France
  • European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland


Proposal has been accepted.

Funding schema:

Seventh Research Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP7)


Internal project start / end:

March 2008 - February 2010