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There has been a lot of investment and activity in digital preservation over the last decade and a lot of it has been supported by grant funded activity and research projects. The ‘learn by doing’ approach and the prodigious number of beta systems and project reports have all played their part in helping to mature the digital preservation field - and judging by the changing tone of conferences over the years, the community has come a long way. So far - in fact - that a lot of organisations are now at the stage when theory is less important than action. They need to work out the best implementation paths and make procurement choices.
So the economic landscape for digital preservation has shifted and the onus is now on many organisations to look closely at their needs and their objectives and to make investment choices that are sustainable as part of the business needs of their organisation rather than as an adjunct activity that is supported by ‘soft’ research money. Work being taken forward by the 4C Project is looking at providing resources to support organisations to make sustainable digital preservation investment choices and this webinar will describe some of that work.
But budgets are hard to secure and digital preservation remains a difficult case to argue so collaboration with like-minded organisations and the establishment of shared services should support the arguments and drive down the cost. This is one of the core messages that underpins the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) initiative and this will also be described and explained during the webinar.