DRIVER and sign Memorandum of Understanding

PRESS RELEASESeptember 29, 2008DRIVER and - Electronic Information for Libraries - have identified demand for cooperation in order to progress and enhance the provision, visibility and application of European research outputsthrough digital repositories.DRIVER is a joint initiative of European stakeholders, co-financed by the European Commission, to establish a flexible, robust, and scalable infrastructure for all European and world-wide digital repositories,managing scientific information in an Open Access model increasingly demanded by researchers, funding organisations and other stakeholders. DRIVER's mission is to expand its content base, supporting the globalresearch community with high quality research output, including textual research papers and complex forms of scholarly electronic publication.Rima Kupryte, Director of, said ' and DRIVER share the vision that research institutions should contribute actively and cooperatively to a global, interoperable, trusted and long-term data andservice infrastructure based on Open Access digital repositories. This agreement includes joint approaches to consolidation of national communities for the European repository network and active jointdissemination of best practices of Open Access scholarly communication in countries and regions without such formal policy.'Norbert Lossau, Scientific Coordinator of DRIVER and Director of the Goettingen State and University Library commented: "DRIVER can only be successful through collaborating with all relevant stakeholders and by including all countries. eIfL has an excellent track record in supporting developing countries. Cooperation with eIFL will contribute to the joint vision through an established communication network andenthusiastic pioneers in many countries."Further information:Rima Kupryte, DirectorElectronic Information for Libraries ( ADN Kronos, Piazza Mastai 900153 Rome, ItalyTel: +(39)(06)5807216/17E-mail: [email protected] for is an international foundation that enables access to knowledge through libraries, supports and advocates for the wide availability of electronic resources in more than fifty transition and developingcountries. This global network embraces millions of users in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East.