Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Persistence of Digital Memory

A Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation was recently convened to address a critical challenge of the digital age: finding economic models for preserving digital data.

In the keynote address at a conference on digital preservation that I attended a few months ago in Seattle, Paul Conway claimed that the priorities and practices of cultural heritage institutions have not yet caught up with the digital age. Moreover, another speaker claimed, most institutions that are pursuing digital initiatives have digital projects rather than digital programs.

If we are not in the midst of what will in the future be seen as a digital dark age, we are at least in an age that will be recognized as one of transition.

Image: A digital record of me being over Seattle.