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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Digital format registry will make archives more useful

David Seaman, The Global Digital Format Registry, CLIR Issues, January/February 2004. Excerpt: "Academic institutions are beginning to create digital institutional repositories into which the intellectual capital of a college or university can be preserved for reuse --gathering up not just the articles and books of the completed scholarly endeavor but also the data sets, presentations, and course-related materials that faculty generate. As this process moves forward, it becomes obvious that these institutions also need to save information about the many computer formats in which this mass of material expressed itself." Also see the prototype registry hosted by the Harvard University Libraries.