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eral XML document type especially devel-
oped for, but not limited to, academic
publications. The format is also essential in
the DiVA long-term preservation strategy;
using XML increases the potential longev-
ity of the objects published by the DiVA
system. DDF has a key role in the context
of services provided by DiVA. The level of
enabled services depends on the granularity
level of structure of the data stored within
the system.
D
DF is produced by converting origi-
nal documents created directly by
authors. For this reason templates for word
processors (MS Word, Open Office, Star
Office, and LaTeX) were developed and
authors used them when preparing docu-
ments for publishing. This publishing work-
flow makes it possible to capture data at
a deep level of granularity. Because of the
high granularity 99 metadata elements
and the ability to express relationships
and hierarchical structures, it is possible to
transform the DiVA Document Format
into quite complex metadata formats like
MARC-XML or TEI-Header. Some of the
other XML-based formats that are provid-
ed include METS, MODS and a number
of service-specific formats. Of course, sim-
ple formats such as Dublin Core (DC),
qualified DC, Reference Manager Format
and EndNote are also provided. By taking
advantage of the DDF capabilities, many
features and services could be developed
and integrated into the DiVA system.
ONGOING DEVELOPMENT
A
s the DiVA was put into operation,
development of the new, advanced
version of the system has started. As men-
tioned earlier, a component-based sys-
tem development methodology was used
and that, in combination with well defined
interfaces, makes it possible to replace com-
ponents with more advanced versions,
or even to add new ones. In this way the
developers of the DiVA system can con-
tinuously add new functionality and make
improvements. During the past two years a
number of innovative wishes and demands
for the system were raised, which, in some
cases, it is necessary to mirror in the format.
Therefore, the format is currently being
examined with a view to implementing
some of these future changes. It is a con-
siderable advantage that the format was
designed to be extensible. The upcoming
version will contain extended rights and
preservation metadata and give possibilities
for basic semantic content markup, among
other features. The release of a new version
of the system is planned for January 2005.
S
ome examples of future functional-
ity are:
extended rights and preservation metadata;
enhanced and more flexible submission
workflows;
an advanced security module;
sophisticated search and browsing at the
document level;
an advanced module for ordering of
printed versions based on print on
demand technology.
CO-OPERATION WITHIN THREE
COUNTRIES
A
s mentioned earlier, the DiVA project
was initiated at Uppsala University in
2000. The work done in Uppsala has been
met with positive interest from universities
both within Sweden and in other coun-
tries. In 2002, a consortium was formed
Screenshot of the DiVA portal

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Map of Scandinavia with pointers to DiVA-consortium universities

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