Thursday, June 3, 2010

Preserving Bits

Via the Long Now Blog:
In order to demonstrate digital impermanence, scientists from the European Planets Project deposited a time capsule containing five of today’s most common types of digital objects into the Swiss Fort Knox data center.
In other digital preservation news (via the Library of Congress), the California Digital Library is developing a new digital preservation repository called Merritt, which is based on a set of “curation micro-services.”

There is a great data curation webinar series available online courtesy of the Greater Western Library Alliance.

Also newly available online: a Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography.

Image: Figure 1, “Alignment of scholarly and information lifecycles,” from Merritt: An Emergent Micro-services Approach to Digital Curation Infrastructure (CDL, 2010).