The most recent documentation activity focuses on documenting rights, while the ongoing development of Registries for Greek Researchers creates the connective tissue that connects and integrates scientific information which already exists in individual directories of digital libraries and repositories.

2.1 Libraries

2.1.1 EKT Library of Science & Technology

Briefly, progress can be identified in the following areas:

  • Improved procedures of hardware acquisition, with the introduction of annual monitoring and evaluation of the use of databases and information source.
  • Improved and expanded services that allow the delivery of quality online services to the users. At the same time, the interlibrary loan system between the 250 libraries that make up the National Network for Research and Technology Libraries has been extendedto include includenew electronic subscriptions and improved metadata quality.
  • Improved position and visibility of the library, thus allowing it to exercise its institutional role, which is collecting the scientific production of the country and providing high quality services.
  • Providing web access infrastructures to the visitors to  the library, which allows, among other things, the opening of the rich electronic data collection to the general public without circumventing the rights of publishers.

Since 2004, the Library has provided free wireless Internet access, which has significantly increased the number of researchers who work daily in the library.

2.1.2 Services to the library community

All efforts focus on three points:

(I) the collective negotiation and acquisition of scientific journals for all research institutions.

(II) the establishment of  a national archive of scientific publications

(III)the creation of a collective list of journals and the gradual creation of similar lists of distinguished Greek scientific journals in the field of the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as in the field of Health.

2.2 EKT Library Automation System

One of the most popular products developed by EKT is the library automation and bibliographic management system ABEKT, which is currently used by 2,500 libraries. ABEKT  has evolved technologically and expanded in order to incorporate library standards whenever required. Currently, ABEKT is being adapted to the new technological environment, while the bibliographic data are being converted into open linked data, thus increasing the possibilities for reuse and dissemination.

2.3 Legal Documentation


In relation to IPR, studies on collection, the creation of FAQs and guidelines on how they apply in specific repositories has been a priority.

EKT creates templates of personal data protection, licensing, conditions for access to online services and acquisition rights policies. Furthemore, it produces standardised policies to address issues of cultural heritage protection, public data and geospatial data.


Digital Content

• user-centric services of content availability

• Repositories, Electronic Publishing, Interactive Applications for culture, Digital Libraries

• National Archive of Phd theses

• ePublishing


• Accumulation and long-term preservation of more than three million cultural items

• Index of Greek Researchers

As a result of strategic choices, EKT has evolved from an organisation of documentation to an organisation of management and dissemination of knowledge.


The e-content development model followed by EKT is flexible and its implementation follows three distinct but parallel pathways to deliver content to the end user. EKT :

• produces content

• provides the necessary infrastructures to third parties for the storage of the content, which will then be made available to end-users

• accumulates metadata for the content supplied by third party producers and content providers.