NISO Two-Part December Webinar:  Sustainable Information

Part 1:  Digital Preservation for Text

Date: December 10, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

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Part 2: Digital Preservation of Audio-Visual Content

Date: December 17, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

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Information resources are increasingly born digital and may never have a print counterpart. Many older resources are being digitized, with the digital resource now the primary version. But digital resources depend on technology and technology changes can render a resource in accessible. To ensure digital information is sustainable, issues including file formats, metadata, storage media, and compatible software and hardware must be addressed.

ABOUT PART 1: Digital Preservation for Text

This webinar will share the experiences of several organizations in developing a process for ensuring the preservation of digital textual resources.

Topics and speakers are:

·         Preserving the Law: Digital Curation in a Law Library Setting – Leah Prescott, Associate Law Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, Georgetown University Law Library

·         Rosetta digital preservation system: Enabling institutions to preserve and provide access to their digital collectionsEdward M. Corrado, Director of Library Technology, Binghamton University Libraries

·         National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Levels of PreservationTrevor Owens, Digital Archivist, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), Office of Strategic Initiatives, Library of Congress

ABOUT PART 2: Digital Preservation of Audio-Visual Content

Audio-visual resources in digital formats present even more challenges to preservation than do digital text resources. Reformatting information to a common file format can be difficult and may require specialists to ensure it is done with no loss in integrity. While digital text may still be usable if done imperfectly (e.g., skewed but still readable pages), even small errors in digital A/V files could render the material unusable. This webinar will share the experiences of several projects that are working to ensure that A/V files can be preserved with their full integrity ensured

Topics and speakers are:

·         Planning for Video Preservation Services at Harvard – Andrea Goethals, Manager of Digital Preservation and Repository Services, Harvard University Library and David Ackerman, Head of Media Preservation, Harvard University Library

·         AXF: Finally a Storage and Preservation Standard for the Ages – Brian Campanotti, Chief Technical Officer, Front Porch Digital

·         An Open-Source Preservation Solution: Hydra/Blacklight – Tom Cramer, Chief Technology Strategist & Associate Director, Digital Library Systems & Services, Stanford University Libraries



You may register for one or both parts; registrants to both parts receive a 25% discount. For a detailed agenda and to register, visit the event webpages:
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Cynthia Hodgson

Technical Editor / Consultant

National Information Standards Organization

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