I have travelled to the wonderful city of Florence where it is very tempting to forget about the digital world entirely and immerse oneself in the beauty of physical objects. In a way, therefore, it is fortunate that this Monday morning has brought rain and it becomes easier to concentrate on the LIBER workshop on digital curation, jointly organized by LIBER (the Association of European Research Libraries), the Dutch National Library KB and the Italian Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale. Our venue, the Audiorium dell’Ente Cassa di Risparmio Firenze, only a stone’s throw away from the Florentine Duomo, provides an elegant historical backdrop to the discussions.
Today we are talking about research libraries and digital assets, not from a technical perspective, but rather an organizational one. As many research libraries will be too small to really provide digital curation and preservation all by themselves, this workshop looks at partnerships – those between custodian organizations sharing the burden of curation (e.g., KB e-depot, Portico, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS), and also partnerships within the information chain (between creators and custodians of digital information).
As the requirements for different types of digital assets vary, so do possible partnerships, and LIBER has invited a number of experts to speak on specific partnerships: Marcel Ras of the KB, Randy Kiefer of CLOCKSS, Gianluca D’Amato and Tommaso Giordano of LOCKSS initiatives in Italy.
Equally important are partnerships within the information lifecycle – especially those with producers of content. The digital age has brought new types of content of interest to researchers and students, such as research data and websites The question at this workshop will be what role there is for research libraries in these information chains, and how roles and responsibilities are to be divided, as they are not self-evident at all:
As is evident from this slide, there are many questions to the experts speaking at this workshop. These include Liz Lyon on research data and Eric Meyer on websites. Let’s hope they will supply the answers and I get to pass them on to you!
(That’s all for now; there is no wifi at the venue and the one in my charming Bed & Breakfast [must keep down expenses] seems reticent to get used to the digital age. But don’t worry – you will learn all in due course.
Related posts: reports from the first LIBER curation workshop in 2009.
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