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From custodians of information and guar-
dians of our cultural heritage, they are
increasingly also becoming information
managers and content providers. As a con-
sequence, they not only have to know
how to use the technological tools at their
disposal but also have the responsibility to
formulate adequate requirements for those
tools to the research community and the
industry that develops them.
T
hus the creation of the DLM Net-
work of Excellence on Electronic
Archives in Europe is not a one-time
action but a continuous, growing task that
must benefit the European archival com-
munity, the public administrations in the
Member States, candidate countries, other
interested bodies and, ultimately, the
European citizen.This task has political,
legal, technical, organi-
sational and educational
aspects.
W
ith the conclu-
sions of the 3rd
DLM Forum, in May
2002 in Barcelona, a
steering committee was
established by the DLM
community to launch
the DLM Network of
Excellence on Elec-
tronic Archives in
Europe.
Rationale
T
he document life-
cycle management
of, and provision of
continued access to,
digital heritage and
cultural objects is
recognised internatio-
nally as an issue that
requires concerted
action by information professionals, acade-
mic researchers, administrators and indu-
stry. In the EU context, a 1994 experts'
report identified this very issue as one that
required similar concerted action and one
that necessitated co-operation between
Member States and at Community level.
The preparation of this experts' report was
the result of an invitation contained in a
resolution of the Council and the Ministers
of Culture calling upon the Commission
to set up a group of experts to examine
and report on the extent to which greater
co-ordination of archives policy and prac-
tice within the Community was desirable.
The conclusions and recommendations of
these experts were noted and endorsed by
the Council of the European Union
Conclusions of 17 June 1994.
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Aim and Purpose
T
he content of
public archives is
part of the cultural and
knowledge heritage of
mankind that has to be
secured for use by pre-
sent and future genera-
tions.The task of safe-
guarding and ensuring
the continued accessi-
bility of the European
archival heritage in the
context of the
Information Society is
of primordial impor-
tance and is therefore
the primary concern of
the DLM.The acronym
DLM stands for
Document Lifecycle
Management - Network
of Excellence on
Electronic Archives.
T
he amount of
information is growing rapidly. In the
Information Society the situation has radi-
cally changed from a need for information
by the citizen to an information overflow.
Both paper and electronic documents are
increasing at an exponential rate. New for-
mats like multimedia documents, digital
video and photographs, electronically signed
documents and compound objects create
new requirements for storage, management
and delivery of information.This is a con-
tinuous challenge for all archives and
record-keeping organisations at all levels of
public administration and public services
throughout Europe.The rapid change of
technologies adds to this challenge.
A
rchivists are acutely aware of the
specific responsibilities that the Infor-
mation Society imposes on their profession.
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