Thursday, March 17, 2011

Digital Preservation & Personal Archiving

More and more information is online today, for example many government documents which once were distributed in paper, then online and in print, are now online only. Or take our own campus, with the online Daily Eagle, which has no print counterpart. If a researcher wanted to see these items 5, 10 or more years down the road, where will they be? Will they be archived or preserved somehow? This is a real challenge for the electronic age we are in, but there are many people and groups working on answers. One site where you can learn more is the Digital Preservation site of the Library of Congress. This isn't just for offices and formal research either, what about your own personal materials? Digital photos that exist only on your PC's hard drive, emails etc.? The Digital Preservation site has a page specifically devoted to just that, personal archiving!

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