digital distinctions – NE NDSA meeting

On Thursday I attended the New England regional National Digital Stewardship Alliance meeting at U-Mass Amherst. The meeting consisted of morning presentations, afternoon lightning talks, and open discussion. The organized talks included information on the Archivematica/DuraCloud pilot project, Dataverse services, taxonomy, and collaboration in digital preservation. We also heard from the current Boston NDSR residents.

During the discussion time, my group talked about handling preservation for digitized vs. born-digital content. In our allotted thirty minutes, we covered a lot of ideas and personal experiences that fit into this general topic. We discussed differences in digitization for print materials (books) and analog AV material—noting that the value of the digitized product varies greatly across content type. We wondered about how to prioritize content for various levels of long-term preservation action. We considered differences between licensed born-digital library materials, research data, and various born-digital content found in archives. In the end we didn’t reach specific conclusions, but we posed three questions to the overall group.

  1. How do we prioritize preservation actions (selection, reformatting, processing, long-term storage, reappraisal/deselection) for digital content (born-digital, born-digital legacy media, digitized analog AV media, digitized print/photographs)?
  2. If it’s born digital, is it more valuable?
  3. How do we highlight the importance of long-term digital preservation at the outset of research, object creation or digitization — rather than pushing quick for access and leaving digital preservation as an after-thought?

I look forward to the next NE NDSA regional meeting!

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