Blue Ribbon Task Force Included on Digital Preservation Award Shortlist

The Institute for Conservation and the Digital Preservation Coalition have announced the shortlist for the Digital Preservation Award 2010, which includes the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, co-chaired by OCLC Research Scientist Brian Lavoie.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access was an international, multidisciplinary group convened in late 2007 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 was commissioned to explore the economic sustainability challenge of digital preservation and access. Fran Berman, Vice President for Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, co-chaired the Task Force with Lavoie.

The Digital Preservation Award celebrates the excellence and innovation that will help ensure our digital memory is available tomorrow. It is one of six awards which are collectively called the Conservation Awards, co-ordinated by a working party of the Institute for Conservation and sponsored by the Digital Preservation Coalition.

A carefully selected group of expert judges reviews a series of projects and services which have been completed since the close of the previous award and which have been proposed by the community.  They create a short list of nominees who are interviewed about their work and then select the project which they think deserves particular attention.  The winners are announced at a specially convened ceremony. The winners receive a trophy, a certificate, and a cash prize.

Ensuring that digital preservation activities are provisioned with sufficient resources to achieve their long-term goals is an essential aspect of securing permanent access to society's scholarly and cultural record. The Blue Ribbon Task Force produced two substantial reports that provide a comprehensive examination of the economics of digital preservation, ranging from basic principles like the definition of economic sustainability in a digital preservation context, to practical recommendations for shaping effective economic sustainability strategies for digital preservation

More Information

2010 Digital Preservation Award Shortlists Press Release
(Full release, including brief descriptions of all shortlisted projects.)

Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access Web Site

Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet: Ensuring Long-Term Access to Digital Information

Brian Lavoie

Digital Preservation Coalition

For more information:

Brian Lavoie
Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Robert C. Bolander
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research