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Friday, October 03, 2008

Which is the better hook, access or preservation?

One of the bloggers for the JISC Information Environment Team blog has posted some notes on the Fifth International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects.  Excerpt:

Headline message from the conference - Don't mention the ‘Preservation’ word! (it's confusing and people worry about it) … it's all about enabling future ACCESS to spectacular resources.

Comment.  I like the way this flips the conventional wisdom at many institutional repositories:  "Don't mention open access (people don't know what it is or they will make up things to worry about); get faculty to deposit their manuscripts by talking about PRESERVATION."  Now who's right?