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I thought you might also be interested in this recent "Hot Topic" which was
provided to CENDI. -- Gail

IFLA/UNESCO Study Finds that Digitization Projects May Result in
Second-Generation Preservation Problems

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Core
Programmes for Preservation and Conservation (PAC) and Universal Availability
of Publications  (UAP) recently published the report, "IFLA/UNESCO Survey on
Digitisation and Preservation" (Gould and Ebdon).  The report is based on a
survey conducted within the framework of UNESCO's Memory of the World
Programme.  The Memory of the World Programme aims to "protect and promote
the world's cultural heritage  through support for digitisation and
preservation of documentary heritage collections which have world
significance."  The report gives an interesting picture of the state of
digitization, which is defined as digitizing from an original that is not
itself digital.  It concludes that even though there are many projects and
much expertise available, there is little coordination and few standards

A major issue is the lack of policies for preserving the resulting digital
version. Only 64% had policies - 36% did not.  Only 55% of the libraries have
a policy for migrating data to more recent technology platforms.  Therefore,
major digitized collections, which are being organized by projects such as
UNESCO's Memory of the World Register to preserve materials, may result in
second-generation preservation problems.  IFLA and UNESCO plan to publish an
additional report that focuses on this aspect of their findings.

A copy of the report is available free by e-mailing Richard Ebdon at

Memory of the World Register -

IFLA Core Programme for Universal Availability of Publications -

IFLA Core Programme for Preservation and Conservation -


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