The ARL membership meeting discussed the recently established Digital Preservation Network, a federation of universities intent on securing the long-term preservation of the digital scholarly record. James Hilton said that only universities, not private industry, can solve the problem of preserving born-digital data and making it accessible to future generations. “Universities last for centuries. Companies do not.”
Other notes from the report:
- The problem is too large for just libraries to handle. The presidents of universities must be on board with this.
- The data and metadata of research and scholarship are susceptible to multiple single points of technical, political, and funding failure.
- The program asks for a $20,000 initial commitment to help fund project software.