Senior Advisor, Innovation
National Library of New Zealand
Digital objects are a significant part of New Zealand’s and many national, state and academic research libraries’ growing digital culture and heritage. The National Library of New Zealand must collect, preserve and make accessible its heritage in ways that ensure current and future access. In order to guarantee that these materials are available in perpetuity, the National Digital Heritage Archive (NDHA) program was created and a unique, international partnership approach was used to accomplish the large scale software development effort needed to obtain a trusted digital repository. In this international case study, the program will be discussed, as well as an approach to obtaining a standards-based, open systems archive and preservation system that is replicable in other organizations wishing to preserve digital collections.