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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.

Contact

drs. Guido Gerritsen