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Claire Tristram reports on digital preservation and what two people, Abby Smith and Keith Feinstein are addressing: how to preserve digital things - data, software and the electronics needed to read them - as they age. Paper documents last for hundreds of years, but more and more of what matters to us is digitally produced, and we canít guarantee that any of it will be usable 100, or 10, or even five years from now. (Technology Review October 2002)
The Digital Curation Manual is designed to assist data creators, curators and re-users to better understand the challenges they face and the roles they play in creating, managing and preserving their digital information over time. Each instalment will place the topic in the context of digital curation by providing an introduction to the subject, an explanation of terminology used, suggestions for best practice and by providing real-life examples of the topic in action.
The entire issue of CRL's journal Focus, is devoted to evaluating digital repositories. (Focus 25(2) Winter 2005-06).
Gail Hodge and Evelyn Frangakis have authored this report for ICSTI, the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information. Registration required. (February 2004).
Peter Burnhill writes on a new digital curation centre in the UK that will help research institutions safeguard data for years to come. (Research Information May/June 2004).
The entire 1Q2002 1(2) issue of DDQ focuses on digital preservation and trustworthy information.
This report from the Digital Curation Centre looks at the nature of digital images - their content, size, metadata requirements, and potential preservation methods to ensure long term access. The report also addresses user requirements both for creating digital images and using them. Costs are also discussed. (April 2006).
Anick Jesdanun writes that computer files may survive but the equipment to make sense of them might not resulting in our inability to read information digitized only a few years ago. The implications for libraries are clear. (Houston Chronicle 16 January 2003)
Dedicated to the digital preservation activities of the Library of Congress.
James Currall (and others) write that in creating a business case for digital preservation thought must be given to its value to the organisation. Value should be considered as a counterpoint to costs. (Paper presented at the Archiving 2006; May 23-26 2006, Ottawa. Source: University of Glasgow DSpace (via PADI).
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