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In the Eye of the Beholder: What’s a Digital Preservation System Anyway?

Cultural heritage organizations increasingly depend on digital platforms to support the curation, discovery, and long-term management of digital content. Yet, some of these systems and tools have been shown to have substantial sustainability challenges. The long-term stewardship of digital cultural materials depends not only on the technical resiliency of preservation systems, but on their financial and organizational sustainability. Funded by the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS), Ithaka S+R is assessing how digital preservation systems are developed, deployed, and sustained through a series of case studies. We will share our initial findings related to design approaches of community-based and commercial digital preservation and curation initiatives, offer lessons learned, and propose alternative sustainability models for long-term maintenance and development. Although digital preservation is a well-established concept, it continues to be a situated and interpretive process, highly variable across different institutional settings. Rather than trying to adjudicate what does and does not “count” as digital preservation, we are studying the systems and services that cultural heritage organizations might use toward meeting digital preservation goals. In taking this broad approach, we hope to acknowledge the diversity of curatorial practices, priorities, and resource capacities that cultural heritage organizations bring to digital preservation work.

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