DiVA, a publishing system developed and maintained by the DiVA Project team within the Electronic Publishing Centre at Uppsala University Library, treats the electronic copy of a document as the "digital master" for both electronic and print versions and uses data originally entered by the document author as the basis for creation, reuse, and enhancement of all metadata. Each document is assigned a persistent identifier and then the document is stored, along with a checksum, in the local depository - known as the DiVA Archive. A depository copy of each document is preserved in the DiVA long-term archive and is sent to the national library - the Royal Library in Stockholm for long-term preservation as well.
The system is built on open standards and recommendations. Metadata is stored in the DiVA Document Format, a rich, locally developed schema. Transformations of this schema provide metadata in a variety of other formats and support various metadata services, including harvesting via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).
At present, the DiVA system is used by five universities in Sweden and one in Denmark. Publications from these institutions are available through a common interface, known as the DiVA portal.
In this article we describe the current status of the DiVA system, the system's functionality and project plans for future development. We discuss strategies employed and decisions made that led to current solutions to development challenges. Some parts of the DiVA system - for example, publishing workflow, DiVA document format and solutions supporting long-term preservations - are highlighted.
2003. Vol. 9, no 11