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Digital Preservation Network

Although not open to all, I wanted to highlight a new resource mentioned by Ray Matthews on the State-GILS list. If you are a “practioner employed in a government funded institution that is currently researching or participating in apprasial, acquisition, preservation or access of government records or publications”, you should consider joining the Digital Preservation Network.

According to the network web site, the organization “is dedicated to forging a community of particitioners who are focused on the issues of preserving the digital records and publications of government. This online forum will be a respository for the exchange and discussion of ideas, research, strategy and documents that can be used by other practicitioners in their organization.”

Their membership community looks like it will join together librarians and archivists at all levels of government.

One of the documents you can find at the network site is Technologies & Tools for State Publications Digital Libraries by Ray Matthews. According to Ray’s State-GILS posting:

This document is a short summary of the repository and harvesting technologies used by each of the 50 states in our collective ongoing quest to provide for the permanent public access to state publications.

It is based on an environmental scan that I originally conducted in June 2005 when we were trying to determine what others were using. I’ve updated it with 2006 survey information graciously provided to the community by the surveys done by Theresa Pardo and Brian Burke of the Center for Technology in Government and Stephen Wilhoite at the Nevada State Library and Archives.

This sounds like a valuable document and one that I hope Ray will post on other web sites. In the meantime, I’ve registered for a password to the network and if you belong to an eligible instiution, I’d recommend you request access too.

Thanks Ray!

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