Friday, March 13, 2009

Digital Preservation - Canada - 2009 Survey

Library Boy, Michel-Adrien Sheppard of Ottawa, reported yesterday on his blog that there is a new survey of digital preservation activities in Canada on behalf of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Survey results will apparently be posted on the LAC website in Spring/Summer 2009.

I think this must be the same survey mentioned at the Summer, 2008 International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) conference which was to

"establish a baseline of understanding digital preservation practice among Canadian repositories....Based on this information and through negotiations with other institutions, Library and Archives Canada can then move forward on developing a collaborative national digital preservation infrastructure. Responsibilities for preservation will be shared through formal agreements or will originate within institutions according to their mandates."

Quoted from "Library and Archives Canada: towards a trusted digital repository" by Pam Armstrong, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Canada, Preservation Infrastructures Session, World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council
'Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding'
10-14 August 2008, Québec, Canada

The preamble to the new digital preservation survey mentions the Canadian Digital Information Strategy, 2007, which "identified preservation as one of the major digital challenges for Canada".

If you are interested in the Canadian Digital Information Strategy - be sure to read the responses to it too - see LAC's website.

I don't see anything about the survey on LAC's website yet, but on 5 March 2009, there was a note about the Department of Canadian Heritage, Library and Archives Canada and Canadian Council of Archives's Archival Community Digitization Program (ACDP) for 2009–2010. For applications, see the Canadian Council of Archives website.
Application deadline is 30 April, 2009.

Note that this is the last year of funding through the Department of Canadian Heritage for this programme. Many of the comments to the Canadian Digital Information Strategy called for on-going funding and infrastructure support for preservation and digitization projects.

The Archival Community Digitization Program has given support to many interesting projects - few from British Columbia though. See Archives Canada for links to projects listed by year - from 2002-3 to 2006-7. The Salt Spring Island Multicultural Project from the Salt Spring Island (British Columbia, Canada) Archives, is included there under 2005-6.

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