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Digital Preservation: Spanning the Distance from Past to Future (SIGs DL, STI)

Neil Beagrie, British Libary/Joint Information Systems Committee - Sayeed Choudhury, Johns Hopkins University - Amy Friedlander, CLIR/Library of Congress - Charles Myers, Adobe -

Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004


Sponsored by SIG-DL and SIG-STI

Each day, tens of thousands of digital documents are created around the world. There are many challenges to preserving these digital resources and securing our global knowledge base. Digital objects are inherently fragile and they are threatened by physical deterioration and technological obsolescence. Preservation of digital resources requires active management of the resources and the supporting technology, as well as, an awareness of current research and practice at sites around the world. Many feel that successful digital preservation strategies require the formation of alliances with national and international agencies, as well as with industry.

This panel discusses preservation issues, strategies, research, and partnerships. Session attendees will learn about:

• The digital preservation activities of the British Library and the Joint Information Systems Committee, including their collaborative programs for digital preservation with national, international, and corporate participants, and their support of services, technology, and standards for digital preservation.

• The issues identified by Library of Congress as the key in digital preservation, and the current efforts and research led by the Library , as well as the Library’s preservation strategy for the future.

• The special preservation issues related to the cyberinfrastructure for science and engineering. This National Science Foundation’s Blue Ribbon Panel report focuses on large-scale digital science projects with large, heterogenous, and distributed datasets. Preservation strategies address the processes, policies, and systems necessary to facilitate long-term preservation of these datasets.

• The development of PDF/A and PDF/XML and how these formats can be used to archive and preserve digital and enablevthe fidelity of digital documents for generations to come This session is designed to be interactive in nature, with each speaker making a presentation that sets the stage for an engaged conversation with the audience.

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