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26 April, 2006 - 17:40 By Staff Reporter

nCipher books library project

nCipher plc, the Cambridge internet security specialist, has been chosen by the British Library to protect the integrity of its national digital library. nCipher plc, the Cambridge internet security specialist, has been chosen by the British Library to protect the integrity of its national digital library.

The library will contain everything from digitised versions of centuries-old manuscripts to digital journals and web archives and is expected to amass up to 300 terabytes of content over the next five years.

nCipher’s DSE200 document sealing engine has been deployed to timestamp and digitally sign every item stored in the Library to ensure that electronic documents and other materials are authentic and that they have not been modified from the original.

The British Library receives a copy of every printed publication produced in the UK and Ireland, and purchases materials extensively from around the world, contributing to a collection of some 150 million items.

The library is already sourcing digitised materials from print and audio publishers, archiving part of the web and digitising some of its own collections of printed materials. The pace will accelerate when the Legal Deposit Libraries Act of 2003, which requires that UK electronic publications are deposited in the library and saved as part of the national published archive, starts to take effect.

The British Library is now setting up a National Digital Library as an integral part of its more traditional services, with a programme of work to build the technical infrastructure for the library’s digital collections.

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