This course offers an overview of the myriad challenges to preserving the digital resources found in virtually every library collection, including both “born digital” objects and those that result from digitization projects of documents in traditional formats. The major challenges of digital preservation –technical, institutional, economic and legal-- are explored, and many current initiatives from national and academic libraries throughout the world are discussed, together with the best practices documented and promoted by the international library community. Students will learn how the preservation of digital resources differs from that of traditional materials and what the implications are –in technical, institutional, economic and legal terms—of assuming the responsibility for long-term digital curation in order to guarantee that digital materials remain accessible and usable for as long as needed by their user communities.
I. Basic concepts
II. New preservation paradigm: guaranteeing access to digital materials
III. Presence of digital materials in libraries
IV. Management of digital materials and institutional viability
V. Trustworthy digital repositories
VI. Major international initiatives for preserving digital material
Arquitectura de la Información en entornos web. Gijón: Trea. ISBN 978-84-9704-503-2).