May 20, 2022

Video: Columbia University’s James Neal on “Preserving the Born-Digital Cultural and Scientific Record”

James Neal, University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University gave a plenary  at the OCLC EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Regional Council Meeting on February 10, 2015 in Florence, Italy.

A video recording of his presentation, “Preserving the Born-Digital Cultural and Scientific Record: A Source of Failure or an Opportunity for the Global Library Community” is now available online via YouTube. We’ve embedded a copy of the video below.

Here’s the abstract for Neal’s talk:

Born-digital materials are critical to scholarship in all disciplines. Web sites and web documents, personal and organisational e-archives, research data and government information, for example, present extraordinary challenges to academic and community libraries and their collection development, discovery and access, and preservation programmes. This presentation will explore the policy, technological, workflow, legal, financial, service and collaborative framework for capturing and archiving born-digital resources. Libraries must protect the integrity of research. Libraries must counter the repository chaos. Institutional, national and global strategies are essential.

See Also: “Re-Inventing the Scholarly Record: Taking Inspiration From Renaissance Florence” (via Hanging Together from OCLC Research)
A summary of a few OCLC EMEA Regional Council 2015 Meeting sessions by Titia van der Werf is a Senior Program Officer in OCLC Research.

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