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The Center for Research Libraries is offering a series of brief (22 minute) webcasts on the broad topic of The Future of Primary Sources during the week of October 5-11.
Each of the three webcasts covers a different topic and each will be available at three different times. The three webcasts are “The Historical Record in the Post-Newspaper Age,” “Political Science, Sociology, and Economics,” and “Chemistry.”
Each webcast will “survey new and emerging forms of evidence and documentation, profile major organizations that produce and maintain this evidence, and outline the challenges for preservation.”
Registration is required. See http://www.crl.edu/acls/agenda.asp for links to the schedule and registration and technical details.
The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is engaged in a series of case studies, funded by the National Science Foundation, to examine the longevity of digital resources. The case studies investigate the conditions that help digital content last for substantial periods of time, as well as the factors that threaten the survival of digital knowledge.
To obtain scholarly input on these studies, CRL will hold a series of brief online forums for researchers in the fields of history, social sciences, and chemistry. CRL seeks forum participation from scholars who depend on traditional or electronic source materials. The forums will focus on three major types of research materials: electronic news, social science data, and chemical information.