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World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council
"Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding"
10-14 August 2008, Québec, Canada
Call for Papers
Preservation and Conservation Section, IFLA CDNL Alliance on Bibliographic Standards (ICABS), Information Technology Section, IFLA Core Activity on Preservation and Conservation (PAC) and Law Libraries Section
Jointly organised by the Preservation and Conservation Section, IFLA CDNL Alliance on Bibliographic Standards (ICABS), Information Technology Section, IFLA Core Activity on Preservation and Conservation (PAC) and Law Libraries Section
Session 1: Digital Objects on Physical Carriers
Digital preservation R&D had focused mainly on webarchiving, archiving of online journals and how to set up preservation systems and workflows. A very practical issue, preservation of digital objects on physical carriers (floppies, cd-roms, etc.) has received less attention. This is changing however. A number of institutions are currently carrying out risk assessments of their physical digital material and tests are being performed on how to preserve this material.
Digital objects on physical carriers, also referred to as physical format digital publications, are digital publications, datasets or programmes stored on floppy-disks, cd-roms, dvd’s or any other kind of medium. Nowadays, many publications are released on dvd, but libraries also hold collections with older material still on floppy-disks and cd-roms. To preserve these objects, they have to be transferred to archiving systems and strategies have to be set-up to ensure their future accessibility.
Some specific issues have to be addressed when preserving of physical format material. These issues include the following:
We invite papers that address the challenges as mentioned above.
All types of digital material that are held on physical carriers can be the focus of a paper – irrespective of the type of content : multimedia applications, e-publications (e-journals, e-books), audiovisual materials, old tapes and floppy-disks, ‘new’ dvd’s, etc.
We especially call for papers that offer practical solutions. One of the aims of this session is to offer guidance to ‘smaller’ libraries that want to preserve digital objects on physical carries but don’t have the possibility to set up full-fletched digital preservation systems and workflows.
Session 2: Preservation Infrastructures
During the past decade, the growing awareness of the need to preserve our digital publications, has led to a better understanding of activities that a library should set up to implement a digital preservation workflow. We realise now that implementing a system is not enough: there are a number of organisational issues that have to be addressed apart from the technical ones.
Currently, libraries are setting up repository systems in different ways: buying something off-the-shelve (not really an option yet), building something themselves, joining others to build open-source solutions, etc. There are different technical and organisational models that describe how this can be set up. But with implementing the archiving system, digital preservation has just begun. The library then needs different and innovative tools to address several challenges in the digital workflow, either for characterising the digital objects, or to ensure future accessibility.
The number of steps involved, and the complexity of this new workflow that is required, means that any institution that is responsible for the long-term maintenance of digital collections, needs new preservation tools and services as well as a (trusted) digital repository. This is not a task that can be performed by one single institution alone: libraries have to set up new ways to collaborate to address this new challenge. In general, we now see different models emerging:
We call for papers that give examples of preservation infrastructures in any of these four models. Submitted papers can describe developments within a specific library, national project or international project. Together, the papers should present possible directions and practical experiences in collaboration and joint infrastructures for digital preservation.
All submissions should be sent to:
Hilde van Wijngaarden