The eBNM is maintained and developed under the aegis of the Leiden University Library’s Special Collections department (head curator André Bouwman, commissioning eBNM+).
The purpose of the eBNM+project is to transfer data from OCLC/Pica to a more flexible data structure and application, as a result of which the eBNM+ can start to operate as a valuable open-access source that other sources and systems can link up to. Sustainability and persistence are crucially important in this respect.
The new eBNM+ will have the following characteristics:
1. freely accessible by any user, anywhere in the world;
2. simple inclusion of new contributions and corrections by scientists;
3. easily linked up to related databases; in the long term also available for cross-searching (simultaneous searches of several databases) from an interface;
4. prepared for the inclusion of new databases such as:
- research data relating to Middle Dutch texts that were printed before 1541 and the books they were stored in;
- articles in Middle Dutch texts and their authors (linked to the current thesaurised information).
It opens up further options for linking to and from other digital sources.