Blue Ribbon Task Force Reports on Economic Planning for Preservation of Digital Data

"Sustaining the Digital Investment: Issues and Challenges of Economically Sustainable Digital Preservation" calls the current situation urgent and details systemic pitfalls in developing economic models for sustainable access to digital data.

Co-chaired by OCLC Research Scientist Brian Lavoie and San Diego Supercomputer Center Director Fran Berman, the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access was launched late last year by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with the Library of Congress, the Joint Information Systems Committee of the United Kingdom, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the National Archives and Records Administration.

The task force plans to issue its final report in late 2009 proposing practical recommendations for sustainable economic models to support access and preservation for digital data in the public interest.

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Brian Lavoie
Senior Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Bob Bolander
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research