This past week, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources released guidelines for state employees responsible for preservation of the state’s public record. I have included the press release below. Whether or not you are an employee of the State of North Carolina, if you are interested in learning about digital preservation, I encourage you to spend some time exploring the site.
The digital information of today is our heritage of tomorrow.” –Governor Bev Perdue
The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources’ State Library and State Archives (Cultural Resources) are proud to announce a new website to guide local and state government employees responsible for the preservation of our state’s public record. The site, http://digitalpreservation.ncdcr.gov, has resources that can help North Carolina government employees – and those responsible for digital information in general – learn how to ensure that today’s digital information is saved so that it can become tomorrow’s heritage.
For those new to the concept, tutorials explain what digital preservation is and why it is important, and a checklist of key digital preservation practices helps integrate digital preservation activities into day-to-day workflows. For those already incorporating digital preservation into their daily work, more advanced guidance is provided, including “quick tips,” tutorials, institutions and research projects to watch, and much more.
While the site is directed toward North Carolina public servants, it is general enough to be useful to those considering, implementing, or teaching on the topic.
We invite North Carolina government employees – and anyone interested in learning more about digital preservation – to stop by the website. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and a Cultural Resources staff person will get in touch with you.
Among the gems on this site are:
- a list of active digital preservation research projects:
- a list of institutions to watch, i.e., institutions active in digital preservation:
- a list of digital preservation tutorials, including a tutorial on social media and the NC State Government:
- a list of potential digital preservation solutions:
- digital preservation as a process:
- some of the key concepts of digital preservation:
and, last but not least,
- a list of digital preservation-related conferences, workshops, and events:
In my opinion, the developers of this web site did a great job of aggregating available material about digital preservation on one site for state employees. I found it easy to navigate.
What do you think of the site and the material referenced?