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From Theory to Action: Good Enough Digital Preservation for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions

Show simple item record Schumacher, Jaime Thomas, Lynne M. VandeCreek, Drew Erdman, Stacey Hancks, Jeff Haykal, Aaisha Miner, Meg Prud'homme, Patrice-Andre Spalenka, Danielle 2014-08-27T14:49:28Z 2014-08-27T14:49:28Z 2014-08-27
dc.description.abstract Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations collect, create, and steward a rapidly increasing volume of digital content. Both research conclusions and professionals’ real-life experiences expose the inherent fragility of this content. The cultural heritage and information science communities have developed guidelines, best practices, policies, procedures, and processes that can enable an organization to achieve high levels of digital preservation. However, these protocols are often complex, leaving many practitioners attempting to address the challenge of preserving digital materials feeling overwhelmed. This is particularly true for professionals serving smaller institutions that are often operating with restricted resources like small staff sizes, a lack of specialized expertise, dated technical infrastructures, and/or limited budgets. This white paper is the result of a three year investigation, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, of affordable, scalable digital preservation solutions that can be successfully implemented at under-resourced organizations. It reports the results of large-scale testing of several digital preservation tools and services, suggests pragmatic digital preservation options, including an incremental approach to digital preservation practices, and asserts that communities of practice are key to success. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Institute of Museum and Library Services en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject digital preservation en_US
dc.subject digital curation en_US
dc.subject POWRR en_US
dc.subject IMLS en_US
dc.subject DuraCloud en_US
dc.subject Preservica en_US
dc.subject Archivematica en_US
dc.subject Curator's Workbench en_US
dc.subject Institute of Museum and Library Services en_US
dc.subject MetaArchive en_US
dc.subject preservation lifecycle en_US
dc.subject Internet Archive en_US
dc.subject Data Accessioner en_US
dc.subject Northern Illinois University Libraries en_US
dc.title From Theory to Action: Good Enough Digital Preservation for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.contributor.department Other

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