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The majority of scholarly publishing output comes from Europe and the USA. According to the European Commission (2007), there are 780 publishing houses based in Europe 11 Wiley-Blackwell’s forecast suggested that in the sciences, 39 percent of journals would be online-only by the end of 2007 (JISC 2007). 17 Addressing the uncertain future of preserving the past RAND Europe which are responsible for publishing 49 percent of all research articles; 43 percent of the world’s research papers are published by European authors, and it is estimated that Europe accounts for 24 to 32 percent of world expenditure on journals European Commission (2007).

Herewith, KB has come to shift towards facilitating research in other areas than its historic remit. g. the Delft University of Technology library). This is perceived by some libraries as an ambiguous situation (interview with Maria Heijne 2007); KB’s focus on archiving digital publications is perceived by some universities as a move into becoming a research-facilitating library (interview with Kurt de Belder 2007). Furthermore, being funded by the country’s taxpayers and having a ‘national library’ stamp may create the perception that a national library will only act in the national interest; this may work against the library’s aspirations in the global arena, where national boundaries are becoming less relevant.

In addition, active links (such as URLs) enable scholars and researchers to access finer-grained units of information such as individual sections, chapters, paragraphs or tables within larger works. Ultimately, this may lead to an information space in which larger units (such as reports) exist only as virtual collections and combinations of smaller, ‘atomic’ units (for which our current paradigm does not even offer an accepted name). Furthermore, each component of a compound document (whether the whole exists physically or only virtually) may be represented in a different digital format, requiring a distinct rendering program.

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