- To develop a network of initially 51 repositories from five countries as a testbed and prepare the integration of several hundreds repositories from all European and Europe associated countries in a second step.
- To build on the new GEANT 2 network and use Grid-enabled middleware; the transport of European research output through the data network and the use of Grid-middleware facilitate large scale and end-user oriented knowledge services across countries and disciplines
- To promote and create standards on metadata (OAI, URN), technology (Web service Definition Language and XML Schema) and institutional repository (IR) organisational level (see the DINI certificate for IRs) both through practical, incremental large scale implementation and active feeding into international standardisation bodies such as ISO.
- Many of the materials in digital repositories are held as open access. This supports the principles of open access to scientific knowledge, as defined in the "Berlin Declaration" and adopted by many national and international research institutions, organisations and bodies. As the "Berlin Declaration" did not only focus on published material but deals also with scientific data and other types of knowledge resources, DRIVER with it's vision is fully aligned with the Declaration objectives. At the same time, by following a strategy of pragmatic open access (like the deposit of copies of already published articles) new relationships to publishers can be explored (for example with Springer SBM's new open access director, Jan Velterop).