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Task Force Issues Interim Report on Digital Preservation and Access

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access issued its Interim Report (http://brtf.sdsc.edu/biblio/BRTF_Interim_Report.pdf), citing an urgent need to identify sustainable economic models to provide access to the ever-growing amount of digital information. The Task Force was launched late last year by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with the Library of Congress, the Joint Information Systems Committee of the U.K., the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the National Archives and Records Administration. It will issue a final report in late 2009.

The interim report traces the contours of economically sustainable digital preservation, and it identifies and explains the necessary conditions for achieving economic sustainability. The report also synthesizes current thinking on this topic, including testimony from 16 leading experts in digital preservation representing a variety of domains. In reviewing this synthesis, the task force identified a series of systemic challenges that create barriers to long-term, economically viable solutions.

Continuing its work for a second and final year, the task force will issue its final report in late 2009, proposing practical recommendations for sustainable economic models to support access and preservation for digital data in the public interest.

Links

Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access: http://brtf.sdsc.edu/index.html
National Science Foundation: www.nsf.gov
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: www.mellon.org
Council on Library and Information Resources: www.clir.org
Joint Information Systems Committee of the United Kingdom: http://www.jisc.ac.uk
Library of Congress: www.loc.gov/index.html
National Archives and Records Administration: www.archives.gov
OCLC: www.oclc.org
San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC): www.sdsc.edu

Source: Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access



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