Implementing an Integrated DAMS - FEDORA/VITAL at the National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales is currently undertaking a National Digital Asset Management programme centred around FEDORA. Building upon the VTLS VITAL solution, the NLW has committed to a programme of digital object management through a single system architecture which will provide the support for the library's own digital activitiy over time.

The NLW was founded in 1907 and since then has collected archives, manuscripts, maps, pictures, photographs and audio-visual material. As a Legal Deposit Library, it has had the right, since 1911, to receive a free copy of every work printed in Great Britain and Ireland. The library has an extremely diverse collection reflecting societal and technological changes across Welsh history. The collections include a range of born-digital objects as well as the products of a flourishing digitisation programme.

This paper outlines the developments which the National Library has undertaken in order to ensure that the digital and digitised collections of Wales are securely managed in perpetuity. Central to this work has been ensuring that the range of file and object types held in this critical infrastructure is openly and appropriatley accessible. Integration has been key to this work and the Library has conducted a prolongued series of developments in order to ensure that the underlying FEDORA architecture is represented to the end user transparentlythrough a unified portal.

Through a discussion of the issues and processes involved, this paper will draw out key themes from the NLW experience and provide insights for other FEDORA sites on the different ways in which the DAMS can be implemented and represented.