The collection of online materials requires cooperation

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The National Library of Finland is responsible for storing national online materials, websites, social media content and electronic publications. The now published Collection Plan for Online Materials 20212024 contains the scope of the collecting and the related deposit practices. It also takes into account the needs of pertinent research and cultural-historical archiving as well as the equal treatment of online publishers.

As the number of online materials grows and becomes more diverse, more attention must be paid to the selection of materials stored in the National Collection and the development of storage technology. New data types and formats must also be taken into account in customer use and in the long-term storage of online materials. Efforts will be made to promote the research use of archived data even more strongly in the future. Cooperation with researchers and other experts is emphasised when storing online materials, both in mapping the materials stored and in promoting the research use of online material.

In addition to the Act on Collecting and Preserving Cultural Materials (1433/2007), archiving of cultural heritage is regulated by Unesco. The continuous development, internationalisation and diversification of online publishing requires continuous cooperation with publishing industry actors and other national and international organisations engaged in online archiving, as well as continuous development of staff competence. International cooperation with partners such as the IIPC (International Internet Preservation Consortium) and other organisations archiving online materials has become increasingly important.

For the period 2021-2024, particular attention will be paid to the following:

  • the continuous development of technical competence and storage methods as online publishing becomes more diverse
  • further development of the deposit infrastructure to include all materials covered by legal deposit
  • increasing cooperation with researchers and experts to survey materials to be stored in the web archive
  • promoting research use of archived materials.

Collection plan for online materials 2021–2024

For further information, please contact:

Service Manager Aija Vahtola
+358 2941 40797