Distinguished Presidential Fellow
Council on Library and Information Resources
Coalition for Networked Information
The presenters will share the work that each has been undertaking to frame and address the profound changes in collection and stewardship posed by born-digital content. Today’s memory institutions have evolved over several centuries, shaped by a pre-digital world. Existing societal and institutional structures do not map neatly, or even adequately, into the challenges posed by new forms of digital content, including proprietary news platforms and social media, diffuse personal “archives,” scattered cultural heritage initiatives, changes in institutional focus from collecting to service, and assumed reliance on retrospective collecting in a world of dissolving content. While the technical challenges of preserving born-digital content are many and need ever-continuing work, collection and stewardship are essential pre-requisites to having access to knowledge in the future. The presenters will describe their investigations, discuss issues, and facilitate a discussion with the audience about priorities and strategies.