Emerging Resource Types Part 2: Equipment that Supports the Present and the Future


About the Webinar

We began offering digital information several decades ago. Today, some of that information has been lost because of the way it was saved. One of the major issues with digital information is creating and preserving it in ways that ensure its availability for generations to come. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case, and there are vast amounts of data that have been preserved but in ways that are no longer readable. This webinar will discuss old technology and the data that is imprisoned on it, and how to set this data free, e.g., how to convert it into formats that render it useful not just to us, but to future researchers.

Event Sessions



Curating the Scholarly Record: Archiving Executable Content


Libraries have served their universities in part through their robust access to and preservation of the scholarly record.  Over the past 20 years, this work has largely focussed on text and image-based objects, and, more recently on research data.  However, almost all digital objects require executable software to provide native access to the original artifact.  A growing body of research is focussed on identifying solutions to this complex challenge.  At Carnegie Mellon University the Olive project (Open Library of Images for Virtual Execution) has concluded proof of concept research funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Sloan Foundation.  Keith Webster, CMU’s Dean of Libraries will provide an overview of the Olive project and illustrate its operation.

Supporting Description and Access for New Media Art


The Challenges of Preserving Every Digital Format on the Face of the Planet


Leslie Johnston

Director of Digital Preservation
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on December 16, 2015. Cancellations made by December 9, 2015 will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.

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