Texas Digital Library Conference System, TCDL 2012

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Opening Keynote Address: The Digital Preservation Network
James L. Hilton

Building: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Room: Amphitheatre 204
Date: 2012-05-24 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Last modified: 2012-05-04


Digital technology has enabled unprecedented growth of knowledge in essentially all areas of scholarly activity. This knowledge, however, is inherently vulnerable and the academy has been slow to recognize or deal with the problem at scale. Digital collections are proliferating at network speed, but they are typically not durable and remain susceptible to multiple single points of failure. Moreover, the emphasis in building these collections tends to be more on providing current users access rather than on preserving them for the future. Absent focused and coordinated effort, much of today's scholarship will be lost to future generations. 

The Digital Preservation Network (DPN) seeks to rectify this situation by building upon the higher education community's current efforts and creating a federated preservation network, owned by and for the academy, which will provide secure digital preservation of the scholarly and cultural record. At the heart of DPN is a commitment to replicate the data and metadata of research and scholarship across diverse software architectures, organizational structures, geographic regions, and political environments. Replication diversity, combined with succession rights management, will ensure that future generations have access to today's discoveries and insights.


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