I wanted to share this call for comments with the broad CNI community. Preserving digital news is a very important problem, and a very hard one; the NEH-funded project that is creating this document should be a helpful step.
The Chronicles in Preservation project (http://metaarchive.org/neh) is seeking further reviews and comments on the Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness. This is the first major deliverable from this three-year project (2011-2014) funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to research and document a series of preservation readiness steps for digital newspaper curators. The review period end date has now been extended to September 30, 2013 so that we can receive as many comments as possible. Reviewers now have the option of requesting a PDF for offline reading (more info below).
About the Guidelines
The Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness seek to address digital preservation standards and digital newspaper technical guidelines/practices across a spectrum of readiness options. The Guidelines are geared toward improving preservation readiness for both digitized and born-digital newspaper content. We hope they will be helpful for a wide range of stakeholder institutions (including commercial news publishers), particularly traditional memory stewards such as libraries, archives, and historical societies.
How to Review
Interested digital preservation practitioners and experts/curators working in the area of managing and preserving digital news and newspapers are encouraged to review and supply online comments at their leisure between July 22-September 30, 2013. We encourage all comments to be submitted via the CommentPress form in the right sidebar (name and email address are required). Reviewers may also request a PDF for offline reading using the form on the online cover page.
As the Introduction to the Guidelines states:
We need content curators to help us understand what we’ve missed (we know there are gaps!) and what we’ve nailed. We want to know where you need more guidance and where you need less description. We want you to point us towards other resources in the field we may have missed, and above all, we want you to engage with us and with each other to make the final Guidelines as useful as they can possibly be.
Chronicles in Preservation Partners
The Chronicles in Preservation project is being led by the Educopia Institute (host for the MetaArchive Cooperative), along with the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the libraries of University of North Texas, Penn State, Virginia Tech, University of Utah, Georgia Tech, Boston College, and Clemson University.