Norway committed to digitizing all books in its National Library

This is more than simply modernization. It’s also part of an effort to preserve Norwegian culture.

The National Library of Norway’s vision is to act as a national memory bank by providing a multimedia knowledge centre focusing on archiving and distribution. To achieve this vision the National Library of Norway shall be a modern digital national library – and thus a new form of national library.

Some interesting issues. How will they deal with international copyright? Norwegian law requires that all published content, in all media, be deposited with the National Library of Norway. So they are digitizing everything. How will they back all this up to ensure that it survives over the millennia?