The Center for Technology in Government has received an NDIIPP grant from the Library of Congress to create and distribute a toolkit to help states expand their capacity to preserve digital information.
Here’s the news item from the Federal Computer Week:
A New York-based technology research center has developed an approach and methodology designed to help state and territorial archivists and librarians preserve digital information.
Through an $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the University at Albanyâ€™s Center for Technology in Government has developed a national capability assessment and planning model — containing information about the governance structure, business model, architecture, and data standards — to assist governments in identifying, capturing and archiving digital content critical to government operations.
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As I and a few folks from the Alaska State Archives are attending a workshop in Baltimore next week on this very initiative. This one-day workshop is going to be focused on gathering information FROM states’ efforts to work with digital information. If I find the workshop useful or interesting, I’ll try to post something the week of May 16th.
If you’re reading this and have been to one of these workshops, please share your experiences!
“And besides all that, what we need is a decentralized, distributed system of depositing electronic files to local libraries willing to host them.”
although I didn’t attend myself, three representatives from Tennessee state government (incl. 2 from the state library and archives) did attend. The report of their experience that I’ve seen made no mention of an actual toolkit delivered to the participants – instead, the workshops appeared to be information-gathering sessions.
…and it really does exist – as “A Capability Assessment and Planning Toolkit”