Setting the Digital Agenda for the Memory of the World

Friday, October 12th, 2012

“This heritage is fragile; together we must protect it”. This was the message of UNESCO’s Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, to the participants in the international conference “Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation”, which concluded its work on Friday, 28 September. More than 500 experts from ...

Hitachi invents quartz glass storage capable of preserving data for millions of years

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Hitachi has managed to develop a long-term data storage solution it claims can preserve information for hundreds of millions of years. The technology, announced earlier this week in Tokyo, utilizes a high-precision laser to embed dots of binary code across a tiny piece of quartz glass. From there, an optical ...

Trust in Digital Preservation: A European Framework for Audit and Certification of Digital Repositories

Monday, September 24th, 2012

New Report From APARSEN (Alliance Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe Network). Trust is fundamental to the working of society – in particular when it comes to unfamiliar digitally encoded information, especially when it has passed through several hands over a long period of ...

Identifying Threats to Successful Digital Preservation: the SPOT Model for Risk Assessment

Friday, September 21st, 2012

1. Introduction Digital preservation strategies, as well as the processes and tools that implement those strategies, are designed to secure the long-term future of digital materials. A successful digital preservation strategy must account for and mitigate the impact of various threats to the accessibility and usability of digital materials over time. ...

Help Define Levels for Digital Preservation: Request for Public Comments

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Over the last few months a team of librarians, archivists, curators, engineers and other technologists in the NDSA have been working to draft a simple chart to help prioritize digital preservation work. After iteratively developing this document and workshopping it at Digital Preservation 2012 we are excited to publicly share ...

Digital history could be lost forever due to changing devices, says expert

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Historians will be facing a black hole when it comes to studying the 20th and 21st centuries because much of our digital history is stored on technology that no longer have devices to read them, experts claim. The information stored on everything from floppy disks to CDs, mobile phones to cameras ...

Digital Preservation: You’ve Got to Walk Before You Can Run

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

A very concise and compact report from Ricky Erway, OCLC Research, http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2012/2012-06r.html Ricky's report addresses some of the very basic challenges in Digital Preservation in the real world. Are you sure that your organization adressed these issues already, can you tick all the boxes, provide tangible proof and evidence that your systems ...

Digital Curation Resource Guide

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Introduction The "digital curation" concept is still evolving. In "Digital Curation and Trusted Repositories: Steps toward Success," Christopher A. Lee and Helen R. Tibbo define digital curation as follows: Digital curation involves selection and appraisal by creators and archivists; evolving provision of intellectual access; redundant storage; data transformations; and, for some materials, a ...

Blog inequality in scholarly research will not end until digital preservation techniques improve

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Academic blogs are transient, ephemeral and present a problem for citation, but their faults are not necessarily because of a distinct lack of mechanisms for preservation of digital material. Martin Eve writes that until we can be confident following a ‘paper’ trail of knowledge, blogs will not be merited with ...

Institutional Data Repositories and the Curation Hierarchy: reflections on the DCC-ICPSR workshop at OR2012 and the Royal Society’s Science as an Open Enterprise report

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

At Open Repositories 2012 the Digital Curation Centre and ICPSR (the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) organised a workshop to consider issues around the roles and responsibilities of institutional data repositories. Graham Pryor opened the workshop with an overview of the DCC’s programme of institutional engagements. The workshop ...