Digital preservation: The uncertain future of saving the past
Mar 18, 2008
Towards a robust strategy for digital archiving and preservation
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Storing and curating authentic academic literature and making it accessible for the long term has been a time-honoured task of national libraries. By guarding existing knowledge and facilitating its use to produce new insights, national and university libraries have formed an integral part of the research environment, complementing the roles of other stakeholders such as researchers, publishers and funders. However, recently the digital revolution has modified fundamentally the way that research results are circulated, reviewed, accessed and preserved. Hitherto established models of market dynamics and stewardship need to be rethought and part of the responsibilities of national libraries redefined. This document examines key determinants of the sustainable digital preservation of scholarly records, with specific reference to developing a robust approach to the archiving of such records at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Netherlands.
A brief history of preserving the digital past
Scholarly dissemination and publishing: a complex and dynamic environment
Digital archiving and preservation: an area under construction
The uncertain future of preserving the past
Strategy implications for KB
Summary of key assumptions underpinning the e-Depot strategy
List of interviewees
The technological basis for digital preservation
12 e-journal archives compared
Stakeholders’ views and positions on scholarly communication and publishing
Stakeholders’ views and positions on preservation
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