International recognition for digital storage project

The National Library of Scotland's work on a project to set up a mass digital storage system has received international recognition.

NLS was one of five finalists in the 'media, arts and entertainment' category of the Computerworld Honors Program awards. For 20 years the awards have celebrated people and organisations using information technology to benefit society.

Hitachi Data Systems nominated NLS for our project to set up a trusted digital repository. We are developing the repository to hold our growing digital collections and make them available for future generations. Hitachi Data Systems designed and installed the storage system.

At the awards ceremony on 1 June in Washington DC, USA, we were among 50 finalists in 10 categories recognised for innovative use of information technology. Strict criteria for selection assessed in particular:

  • Originality of conception
  • Breadth of vision
  • Significance to society.

Three other UK organisations were represented at the ceremony - the V&A Gallery, Thames Water, and HM Revenues and Customs. Each finalist received a Lucite plaque.

4 June 2009

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