Computerland in line for heritage job

Digital heritage archive will be available to all libraries

Computerland is in line to sign a substantial piece of business with the National Library.

The integrator and reseller has been named preferred supplier for Sun servers and storage products for the library.

National Library is about to enter into a major project for a digital heritage archive, which will be made available to all libraries around New Zealand. It recently went to tender for a provider of its preferred Sun technology. Others in the tender are understood to have been Eagle and Datacom.

The Government announced in this year's Budget additional funding for a project to establish a Trusted Digital Repository (TDR). TDR is the term applied to the process and technical infrastructure established by an organisation that has the responsibility for the long-term maintenance of digital material.

The library will establish long-term preservation and authentication layers to digital objects. These processes meet the library's requirement to collect and preserve digital information that ensures access to New Zealand's digital documentary heritage into the future.

The repository will provide a platform that allows other government agencies to contribute to the establishment of a national digital strategy.

National Library was recently approved a Sun Centre of Excellence.

A spokeswoman for the library says there will be no comment about the project for several weeks.

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