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Preserving Digital Heritage

May 27, 2009

As some of you know, one of the areas of study in the library world that interests me is Digital Preservation. Specifically not only the transformation of physical artefacts into digital, but also the preservation of the digital only media.

Penny Carnaby the National Librarian is also interested in this area and recently gave a speech called Delete Generation- citizen-created content, digital equity and the preservation of community memory which I regret not being able to attend.

Posted on behalf of Penny Carnaby, National Librarian/Chief Executive, National Library of New Zealand

Colleagues, I am giving a presentation to the IFLA conference http://www.ifla.org/annual-conference/ifla75/ in August and I’d really appreciate your help with it. Here’s a link to a post on the LibraryTechNZ blog with the transcript and video of a lecture I gave earlier this year, titled the “Delete Generation- citizen-created content, digital equity and the preservation of community memory”.

http://librarytechnz.natlib.govt.nz/

I’m looking to build on that presentation, to get wider views across the New Zealand Library sector on the areas I cover around the preservation and protection of digital assets, particularly in relation to communities and citizen-created content.

I’d love your help, so please have a look at the video or read the notes, and post your ideas, comments or views on the blog. It’ll all go towards my final presentation for IFLA.

Fortunately for me she has posted on a National Library blog a transcript and video of the talk.  She is taking the speech over seas to IFLA and is seeking more input. I have posted this here because I feel this is an important area for all people to consider, not just Information professionals.

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