Research Agenda 2018-2022

Expanding and further improving the impact and use of data, programmes and collections

The National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB) applies the power of the written word to help make the Netherlands smarter, more skilled and more creative. Our challenge is to continue to develop as a cutting-edge knowledge institution in an ever-changing digital information landscape. This will ensure that the national library collection can remain sustainable, visible and usable in the future. To achieve this aim, we have identified five themes in this Research Agenda on which we plan to focus in the next four years. We want to engage in dialogue with our network partners in the worlds of science and scholarship, heritage and business, in order to further develop our knowledge of these themes and make them applicable for practical solutions. The digital transformation that our organisation is experiencing is leading to changes. Our Research Agenda will help us to make well-founded policy decisions and to identify the themes and issues that will affect the KB in the medium and long term.

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Experts and trends

This Research Agenda has been developed after numerous discussions with experts within and outside the KB. As a result of these discussions, we have identified six trends that recur in each of the research themes. These trends are: 1) applicability of artificial intelligence, 2) use of and reflection on the use of big data, 3) increasing importance of privacy & security, 4) changes in the publication landscape, 5) providing greater accountability for activities as a (semi-)public organisation, and 6) the further development of the self-reliant society.

Five themes

  1. Information society: What is the KB's role in the global information society?
  2. Publications: How do we define 'the written word'? What will be the publications of the future?
  3. Access & sharing: How can we improve our collections? How and where will we make them available?
  4. Customers: What do our customers do with our services, programmes and collections?
  5. Impact: How do we know what impact our activities have on society?

Alignment with other programmes

With its Research Agenda, the KB aims to align itself with similar national agendas and policy plans, such as the Creative Industry Top Sector's Knowledge and Innovation Agenda 2018-2021, the policy plan of the alliance of university libraries and the National Library of the Netherlands (UKB), the National Open Science Plan and the Digital Society Research Agenda of the Netherlands Association of Universities (VSNU) as much as possible. The agenda builds on the activities of CLARIAH and the activities and plans of the Digital Heritage Network (NDE), as expressed in the National Digital Heritage Strategy. Finally, the themes link in with the routes of the Dutch National Research Agenda, with a focus on big data, the living past, resilient societies and youth. At European level, we aim to connect with the Horizon 2020 programme and its successor and the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage (JPICH).