Join us for “Strategies for Preserving Electronic Records, Part 1: Introduction to Digital Preservation”

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Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA (photo by Joe Lares)

Last month, we asked you to give us feedback for our upcoming webinar series, “Strategies for Preserving Electronic Records.” The responses we received were great, for two reasons: 1) We got responses – hooray!; and 2) The suggestions generally confirmed for us that we were on the right track with our planned subject matter.  Thank you for all who contributed your ideas.

In January, we will present Part 1 of this two-part series.  Part 1 will be for anyone interested in an introduction to the topic of digital preservation — records managers, records liaisons, and records creators. The webinar will be presented by Government Information Analyst Angela Ossar.

This is a topic with so many facets that it was difficult to narrow them down to fit our one-hour time frame. But here’s what Part 1 will cover:

  • The fragility of digital information. Electronic records present myriad preservation challenges, like technical dependency and obsolescence. Why is an electronic record often more fragile than a paper one?
  • Why is digital preservation important?  Why is this something that records managers have to know about?
  • Storage choices.  Where should digital information be saved?  What’s the life expectancy of a hard drive?  Are gold CDs the way to go?  How do you save information so that it’s really accessible for the long term?
  • File formats for long-term preservation.  Is PDF/A a good format for preserving textual or imaged records?  What about audio and video recordings, digital photos, spreadsheets, and email?


Title: Strategies for Preserving Electronic Records, Part 1: Introduction

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

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