February 14, 2013
EU grey literature / Long-term preservation, access, and discovery
"The preservation of the historical memory of the development of the European Union and its policies, which have helped to mould European history for almost 60 years, has never been more important in a world of rapid change. The growth of ‘fast’ publication of documents in print or on the various websites of Europa, with no long-term repository or stable URL, not deposited in the EU Bookshop, or in the repositories that form the basis of the registers of the institutions, is alarming. Librarians traditionally preserved resources. Many of these resources have lasting value and significance and should be protected and preserved for current and future generations. The issues to be considered are legal, technical and, particularly in the case of the EU institutions, organisational."