DL.org Digital Library Manifesto

Candela, L. and Athanasopoulos, G. and Castelli, D. and Raheb, K. El and Innocenti, P. and Ioannidis, Y. and Katifori, A. and Nika, A. and Vullo, G. and Ross, S. (2011) DL.org Digital Library Manifesto. Preprint / Working Paper. DL.org, Italy.

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The Digital Library universe is a complex framework bringing together many disciplines and fields, spanning data management, information retrieval, library sciences, document management, information systems, web image processing, artificial intelligence, humancomputer interaction and digital curation. The Digital Library universe is also an interplay of professional roles, encompassing cataloguing and curating, defining, customising and maintaining the Digital Library and its services, as well as developing and customising software. Such complexity and diversity in terms of approaches, solutions and systems has driven the need for common foundations that foster best practices and help focus further advancement in the field. Given the level of maturity and substantial knowledge and experience that have been accumulated while developing Digital Libraries, the members of the DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries decided to start a long term and ambitious process leading to common foundations characterising the entire Digital Library domain and driving its future evolutions. The outcomes of DELOS have been taken forward by DL.org, a project funded by the Cultural Heritage and Technology Advanced Learning Unit of the Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission, working in synergy with a team of international experts in the field. The outcomes of these activities have been collected in a large volume entitled ‘The Digital Library Reference Model’. A fundamental part of this volume and of the whole activity is represented by The Digital Library Manifesto, which is the focus of this booklet, a small document identifying the cornerstone elements characterising the whole digital library domain.