Don’t leave the planning to someone else!

Almost all organizations have digital resources that are of importance to them. The problem is that digital storage media are not long lived; and the data can suffer from alteration or corruption (even deleted) without such problems being noticed. William Kilbride (Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition DPC) writes that “librarians, archivists and information professionals have most of the skills to cope [and] what they should not do is leave the planning to someone else”.

He suggests that the librarians, archivists and information professionals who are already faced with this problem should be provided with the necessary “transition skills”. The DPC provides practical advice on their website.

Based on: Digital preservation: everyone’s job. E. Hyams/ W. Kilbride. CILIP Update. July 2011; p.28.

Jean Shaw, Partnerships in Health Information

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About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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