Digital Preservation

One of the most concerning and confusing issues that we are dealing with today is digital preservation. Many people are trying to educate the public about digital preservation so that we don’t fade away. As Adam Farquhar, head of the British Library’s digital preservation said in this great article on The Economist, “If we’re not careful, we will know more about the beginning of the 20th century than the beginning of the 21st century.”

There are many who are trying to educate people and start programs that should create a solid understanding and system so that this does not occur. The Library of Congress has started a program to save text messages.

In fact, last week was Preservation Week, and as a result even more preservation information was being put on the web than usual. The Library of Congress had a presentation about preserving personal digital photographs and has posted the slides and the session online here.

Previously there was a discussion on the SAA (Society of American Archivists) listserv that discussed webinars on this topic. It introduced the new program at the Library of Congress, DPOE (Digital Preservation Outreach & Education). It also provided a link to archived webinars at the ASERL (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries) website.

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