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New Digital Preservation and Access Task Force Formed

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are funding a blue-ribbon task force to address the issue of economic sustainability for digital preservation and persistent access. The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access will also include support by the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Joint Information Systems Committee of the United Kingdom.

The task force will be co-chaired by Fran Berman, director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at University of California–San Diego (www.sdsc.edu/index.html) and a pioneer in data cyberinfrastructure, and Brian Lavoie, an economist with strong interests in data preservation and research scientist with OCLC Programs and Research, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (www.oclc.org). They will convene an international group of prominent leaders to develop actionable recommendations on economic sustainability of digital information for the science and engineering, cultural heritage, public and private sectors. The task force is expected to meet over the next 2 years and to gather testimony from a broad set of thought leaders in preparation for the task force’s final report.

In its final report, the task force is charged with developing a comprehensive analysis of current issues and actionable recommendations for the future to catalyze the development of sustainable resource strategies for the reliable preservation of digital information. During its tenure, the task force also will produce a series of articles about the challenges and opportunities of digital information preservation, for both the scholarly community and the public.

Source: OCLC



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