September 18, 2014

Guggenheim Museum Receives Grant to Plan an E-Repository

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From the Guggenheim Foundation:

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently awarded the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives a grant to begin work to establish an electronic records repository. Starting in early 2013, the 18-month project will develop a comprehensive plan to create and manage a repository of electronic records related to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and its flagship museum in New York, making the digital collections available for current and future scholarship.

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As more and more records are created and stored electronically, the Archives needs methods of collecting, preserving, and providing access to electronic records before the information they contain is permanently lost. The project will focus on all electronic records, current and past, with the greatest challenge being the records from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Many of these records were created in obsolete proprietary software, such as WordStar and Lotus Notes, and are stored on obsolete media, such as floppy and zip disks. In their current form, these records risk becoming inaccessible or corrupted and need to be migrated to a stable environment.

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