Monday, November 17, 2008

Charleston Conference: Digital Preservation

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? New Models for Preserving Electronic Scholarship
Eileen Fenton, Daviess Menefee, Els van Eijck van Heslinga, Elizabeth Dulabahn
Friday, November 7, 2008 - Concurrent Session 3, 4:30-5:15pm

Here are the highlights as they struck me:
  • digital preservation is NOT: reformatting print to digital; byte storage without regard to ongoing usability
  • it IS: long-term discoverable; authenticity; useful; accessible
  • issues: who should be involved; how to organize/distribute; trust; challenges
  • digital preservation is an expression of intent more than a promise or plan
  • during Q&A, audience member referenced current challenge of needing to print out digital objects to scan paper copy for later preservation instead of migrating current e-file (if accurate then quite frustrating/wasteful/time-consuming...)

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