ERIC Number: ED459825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Legal Deposit of Digital Publications: A Review of Research and Development Activity.
There is a global trend towards extending legal deposit to include digital publications in order to maintain comprehensive national archives. However, including digital publications in legal deposit regulation is not enough to ensure the long-term preservation of these publications. Concepts, principles and practices accepted and understood in the print environment, may have new meanings or no longer be appropriate in a networked environment. Mechanisms for identifying, selecting and depositing digital material either do not exist, or are inappropriate, for some kinds of digital publication. Work on developing digital preservation strategies is at an early stage. National and other deposit libraries are at the forefront of research and development in this area, often working in partnership with other libraries, publishers and technology vendors. Most work is of a technical nature. There is some work on developing policies and strategies for managing digital resources. However, not all management issues or users' needs are being addressed. This review of research and development work focuses on activities specifically related to digital legal deposit. It also touches on more generic work that is especially relevant. The review starts with a discussion of the issues identified through research to provide some background and context for the reset of the review. Research activities are grouped into categories for discussion. These categories are: building the infrastructure, pilot projects and digital preservation. The issues that are not currently being addressed are identified and conclusions are drawn. (Contains 51 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Archives, Depository Libraries, Electronic Libraries, Information Policy, Preservation, Publications, Research and Development
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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