Presentation given on October 10, 2012 at the School of Information Management, Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University.
Abstract: Ensuring persistent access to digital content is a challenge confronting contemporary institutions of all types and sizes, regardless of professional, disciplinary or organizational context. Introduced in 2002, the term digital curation describes an array of principles, strategies and technical approaches for enabling the use and re-use of reliable and trusted digital content into the indefinite future. Trusted digital repositories have emerged as one strategy in response to today's digital curatorial challenges. Successful digital repository development and deployment necessitates coordination and collaboration among an array of actors, resources, and diverse, potentially divergent requirements. The literature contains an assortment of digital repository planning and best practice recommendations and resources, though reports on actual, as opposed to perceived or potential, roadblocks and obstacles are less reported. Drawing from a first-hand account of an extensive, multi-year digital curation and repository project at a major research university, this presentation provides an overview of what was done, including what worked and what didn’t, and resulting recommendations for advancing digital repository planning, implementation, and research.