Cast your vote! Society of American Archivists and DLF Forum / Digital Preservation


Voting is in the air! Ballots are open for both the DLF Forum / Digital Preservation 2017: and also for the “Pop up” Sessions for the Society of American Archivists. As usual, there are many excellent options.

Team OCLC Research wants to share what we are learning and discuss both opportunities and challenges with the broader community and would like to ask for your vote!

2017 DLF Forum / Digital Preservation 2017

The Realities of Research Data Management
The Realities of Research Data Management project explores the context and choices research universities face in building or acquiring RDM capacity. Findings are derived from case studies of four research universities in four national contexts, and address scoping decisions, the role of incentives, and sourcing and scaling choices.

Surveying global practices in research information management
OCLC Research and EuroCRIS will provide a progress report on a survey of research information management practices worldwide.

Evangelizing for Digital Preservation Across your Organization: Reaching out to IT
How do you bridge the divide that often exists between those focused on permanent preservation of inactive digital records and those charged with the day to day operation of active business systems? The focus of the panel discussion will be on success stories and lessons learned.

“SAA Pop Up Sessions” (vote by June 9th)

Digitization Matters: 10 Years Later
In 2007 OCLC Research and the Society of American Archivists held a seminal meeting to explore barriers preventing institutions from scaling up digitization of archives and special collections. Inspired at the time by book scanning projects spearheaded by Google and the Internet Archive, participants examined what was preventing libraries from doing more to get collections into the hands of users. A report from that meeting, “Shifting Gears: Gearing Up to Get Into the Flow,” summarized these (sometimes contradictory) ideas for making digitized special collections more ubiquitously available.

Ten years later, digitization of archives and special collections has moved across the spectrum from boutique scanning and carefully curated online exhibits to massive digitization projects that have converted millions of pages of documents and microfilm for online access. There have been major advancements in access to digitized materials through state-wide digital libraries, the partnerships that formed HathiTrust, and the emergence of the Digital Public Library of America as an aggregator. Legally there is growing support for digitization as a fair use and a value added contribution. Once only accessible to the most privileged of users, archives and special collections are now available to diverse populations around the world.

Yet, are we any closer to reaching the scale we imagined ten years ago? Are the challenges and solutions to large-scale digitization any different? How has the landscape changed, or remained the same, in special collections and archives? How should special collections and archives approach digitization in the future? What opportunities lie ahead?

Moderated by Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research, this panel discussion will include Erik Moore from the University of Minnesota and Michelle Light from UNLV, and will encourage audience feedback.

Michelle Light
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Merrilee Proffitt
OCLC Research

Erik Moore
University of Minnesota

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