Director, Web Archiving
Program Director, Academic Preservation Trust
University of Virginia
Program Manager, LOCKSS and Web Archiving
Conversations benchmarking the quality of digital preservation often center on concerns like the number of copies of content or the frequency of fixity checking. While replication and data integrity validation are essential elements of digital preservation best practice, the widening gap between resources and candidate content for preservation challenges us to rethink how we can do digital preservation better, beyond obvious (and obviously finitely-scalable) steps like more copies and checksumming. What new digital preservation architectures or service features can help better assure the integrity of stored content, differently? How can we foster a more complementary digital preservation services ecosystem? How can we capitalize on the affordances (and accommodate the constraints) of new technologies, for digital preservation? How do our own collective, existing best practices affect our ability to expand digital preservation horizontally and vertically? What are various scenarios elucidating the explicit and implicit costs and economics of digital preservation? Presenters will address these questions in relation to each other and the latest developments in several digital preservation initiatives: exercising content retrieval from APTrust; keeping content safe with fewer copies (and more fixity) with LOCKSS; and extensible, scalable approaches to preservation infrastructure at the Internet Archive.