(I know that announcements of the availability of this volume have had considerable distribution, but I wanted to add a few comments of my own)
In May of 2011, I was fortunate to be able to participate in a very valuable conference hosted by the National Library of Estonia to explore international co-ordination and collaboration in efforts to preserve digital cultural memory that were underway in various nations. The National Library facility and the city of Tallinn — which I had not had the opportunity to visit previously – provided a truely inspiring background for considering these issues and opportunities, which I think are tremendously important and promising, and are starting to gather increasing attention in various ongoing fora such as the International Internet Preservation Consortium and PASIG. But this workshop is perhaps the broadest look at the range of opportunities in this area, which include such fascinating issues as trying to understand how various nations actually scope the digital cultural record and define the role of their national and research libraries in preserving it. The proceedings of the Tallinn conference have now been published as an freely downloadable PDF (there is also a print version available for purchase), and I have reproduced the announcement below. And I’m proud to have been able to contribute a summay essay to the volume, based on my remarks at the end of the Tallinn meeting. I think this volume will be of interest to all those interested in national strategies for digital preservation and how they might be coordinated and extended into international collaborations.
It is our great pleasure to announce the publication of Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation, edited by Nancy Y. McGovern (Volume Editor) and Katherine Skinner (Series Editor).
On May 23-25 2011, more than 125 delegates from more than 20 countries gathered in Tallinn, Estonia, for the “Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation” conference. At the National Library of Estonia, this group explored how to create and sustain international collaborations to support the preservation of our collective digital cultural memory. Organized and hosted by the Educopia Institute, the National Library of Estonia, the US Library of Congress, the University of North Texas, and Auburn University, this gathering established a strong foundation for future collaborative efforts in digital preservation.
This publication contains a collection of peer-reviewed essays that were developed by conference panels and attendees in the months following ANADP. Rather than simply chronicling the event, the volume deliberately broadens and deepens its impact by reflecting on the ANADP presentations and conversations and establishing a set of starting points for building a greater alignment across digital preservation initiatives. Above all, it highlights the need for strategic international collaborations to support the preservation of our collective cultural memory.
This guide is written with a broad audience in mind that includes librarians, archivists, scholars, curators, technologists, lawyers, researchers, and administrators at many different types of memory organizations.
Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation is the second of a series of volumes edited by Katherine Skinner (Series Editor) and published by the Educopia Institute describing successful collaborative strategies and articulating new models that may help memory organizations work together for their mutual benefit.
Readers may access Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation as a freely downloadable pdf and/or as a print publication for purchase. Please visit http://www.educopia.org/publications to download or order the book.
Martha Anderson, Inge Angevaare, Dwayne Buttler, Laura Campbell, Sheila Corrall, George Coulbourne, Joy Davidson, Christian Egger, Michelle Gallinger, David Giaretta, Neil Grindley, Martin Halbert, Jan Hutar, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Christopher A. Lee, Maurizio Lunghi, Clifford Lynch, Nancy Y. McGovern, Marek Melichar, Wilma Mossink, Adrienne Muir, Andreas Rauber, Adam Rusbridge, Raivo Ruusalepp, Gunnar Sahlin, Sabine Schrimpf, Matt Schultz, Michael Seadle, Katherine Skinner, Bohdana Stoklasova, Aaron Trehub, Bram van der Werf, and Matthew Woolard
Martin Halbert, PhD, MLIS
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