Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation II: Coming Together to Take Action

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation II: Coming Together to Take Action 

This Event Report was provided by Mary Molinaro, Associate Dean for Library Technologies, University of Kentucky.

We have done a lot of talking within the digital preservation community over the years. Too much talking and not enough action, some would say. Over the last twenty years it became apparent that the vast amount of digital content that was being generated was going to present big preservation challenges for libraries. Various tools, systems, and approaches were developed.  Many pilot programs were started and completed. As these efforts developed in isolation, many projects were funded, implemented without knowing that projects elsewhere were duplicating efforts. All the while digital media are rotting away since they were not meant to last. Developing systems to ensure the global sustainability of digital data, services, and tools while they are growing exponentially is not unlike changing the tire on a car as it is going down the road. Much progress has been made, but there is a growing need to coordinate efforts globally to maximize the use of the resources available for digital preservation. The Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation II: An Action Assembly (ANADPII) held in late November at the Biblioteca de Catalunya in Barcelona attempted to move the community forward into action.

Source: Digital Library Federation

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