The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is pleased to announce the release today of the “2015 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship.” The Agenda provides funders, decision‐makers and practitioners with insight into emerging technological trends, gaps in digital stewardship capacity and key areas for research and development to support the work needed to ensure that today’s valuable digital content remains accessible, useful, and comprehensible in the future, supporting a thriving economy, a robust democracy and a rich cultural heritage.
This year’s Agenda builds on the foundations of the 2014 Agenda (PDF) and outlines the challenges and opportunities related to digital preservation activities in four broad areas: Key Issues in Digital Collection Building; Organizational Policies and Practices; Technical Infrastructure Development; and Research Priorities. Each section articulates priorities then offers a set of actionable recommendations to address the challenges.
A theme running through the Agenda is that while there is more content being created than ever, there’s also increasing recognition by businesses, research institutions, policymakers and funders that legacy digital content contributes to positive job creation and international competitive advantage. At the same time, digital stewardship processes are reaching a critical mass of maturity and uptake, and more work is being done to steward digital content than ever before.
The Agenda addresses both of these trends and attempts to make sense of the changing landscape and articulate the priority actions that will have the most impact on community and practice.
The remainder of the 1100 word blog post by Butch Lazorchak provides a summary of the agenda.
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