Whilst the Library continues to collect print publications, Government bodies are publishing an ever increasing amount of material electronically. In theory, this means that there is a greater degree of access to official publications. However documents can sometimes be hard to find or even 'disappear' as organisations are restructured, merged or even closed.
In response to this issue the Library has developed DERA - a fully searchable digital archive for born digital publications in the subject area of education. Documents for inclusion are selected by the Official Publications Librarian and the DERA records are edited and uploaded by Cataloguing and Acquisitions staff.
The repository policies that govern DERA are designed to ensure that:
More information regarding policies related to metadata, data, content, submission and preservation can be found in the full DERA policy statement.
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