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Library of Congress: Sustainability of Digital Formats guide

"Digital Disaster Planning: Get the Picture Before Losing the Picture"
“Stewards of digital content, like stewards of analog content, must plan for catastrophe in advance in order to minimize loss and recover quickly. True, digital disasters may occur infrequently. But at the scale that institutions collect digital content and for the length of time that institutions wish to preserve digital content the risk of a disaster is non-trival.”


Bridging Digital and Physical Preservation
About digital surrogates


Explains the short-term goals for digitization under a given grant as well as the long-term goals for continuing digitization.
  • Barton, M. and J. Walker. “Building a Business Plan for DSpace, MIT Libraries Digital Institutional Repository.” JoDI 4/2 (May 2003). &
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  • Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access.  “Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet: Ensuring Long-Term Access to Digital Information.”  February 2010.
    Provides general principles and actions to support long-term economic sustainability; context-specific recommendations tailored to specific scenarios analyzed in the report; and an agenda for priority actions and next steps, organized according to the type of decision maker best suited to carry that action forward.  Focus especially on the Executive Summary.  See also the BRTF website at for more information about the project.
  • Eakin (now Richards), Lorraine, Amy Friedlander, and Roger Schonfeld.  “A Selective Literature Review on Digital Preservation Sustainability.”  December 2008.
    Provides a baseline understanding of the current state of research into and practice in the sustainability of digital preservation, particularly regarding the concrete components that drive costs in the area of digital preservation.
  • LaVoie, Brian and Lorcan Dempsey.  “Thirteen Ways of Looking at…Digital Preservation.”  D-Lib Magazine 10 no. 7/8 (2004).  doi: 10.1045/july2004-lavoie.
    Looks at digital preservation as (1) an ongoing activity, (2) a set of agreed outcomes, (3) an understood responsibility, (4) a selection process, (5) an economically sustainable activity, (6) a cooperative effort, (7) an innocuous activity, (8) an aggregated or disaggregated service, (9) a complement to other library services, (10) a well-understood process, (11) an arm's length transaction, (12) one of many options, and (13) a public good.  This article is also cited on the Digitization - Planning page.
  • National Library of Australia.  "Digital Preservation Policy."  3rd edition, 2008.
    This policy statement indicates the directions the National Library of Australia takes in preserving its digital collections, and in collaborating with others to enable the preservation of other digital information resources.
  • Mervis, Jeffrey.  “NSF to Ask Every Grant Applicant for Data Management Plan.”  ScienceInsider (May 5, 2010).
    Reports on the move by the NSF and other federal agencies to emphasize the importance of community access to data.
  • "Sustainability: Models for Long-Term Funding."  Chap. 11 in NINCH Guide to Good Practice.  National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage, October 2002. (click on Chapter XI in the Table of Contents). 
    Looks first at the funding issues in detail and then discusses planning strategies and methods of sustaining resources through use.
  • Reiger, Oya.  “Project to Programs: Developing a Digital Preservation Policy.”  In Moving Theory into Practice: Digital Imaging for Libraries and Archives, edited by Anne R. Kenney and Oya Reiger, 135-52.  Mountain View, CA: Research Library Group, 2000. 
    This book discusses selection strategies, digital image creation, quality control, image management, use of metadata, rights management, access control, and preservation.
  • Zorich, Diane M.  A Survey of Digital Cultural Heritage Initiatives and Their Sustainability Concerns. Washington, D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources, June 2003.
    In 2002, CLIR commissioned a survey of North American-based digital cultural heritage initiatives (DCHIs).  The purpose of the survey was to identify the scope, financing, organizational structure, and sustainability of DCHIs.  To gain a funder's perspective on these initiatives, the survey also included a few public and private funding organizations that support projects with a digital cultural heritage component.  The survey was a preliminary step in a larger effort aimed at developing recommendations for a coordinated strategy to sustain and strengthen digital cultural heritage initiatives and their by-products.


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