Magazine article Computers in Libraries

From Digitization to Digital Preservation

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

From Digitization to Digital Preservation

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I know that something has had a significant impact on me, when 6 months later I'm still thinking about it.

It was about 6 months ago that I attended a very special symposium in Washington, D.C., on the topic of sustainable digital preservation. The event, culminating a 2-year research initiative, was meant by the investigators to launch a national discussion of the challenges that exist for preserving not only our heritage as a digital culture but our knowledge as a civilization.

As we worked on this month's issue of Computers in Libraries, I kept thinking back on that meeting and the associated "Final Report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access," which you can find at http://brtf.sdsc.edu.

I am proud to say that no topic on our editorial calendar this year garnered more intriguing and compelling proposals than this issue about Digitization on a Mission. We, in fact, got such a wonderful set of proposals that we have decided to continue the theme in our January/February 2011 edition. …

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