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Digital Archives:

Digital Archives Challenges Tim Achee , M.A., MLIS, CA Associate University Archivist Saint Louis University

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From 1986 to 2007: worldwide computing capacity grew 58% annually Telecommunications grew 28% annually storage capacity grew 23% annually Digital Future

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As of 2007, 94% of stored memory is digital By 2011 - 99.97% of new information is digital Concern shifting from space to management Digital Future

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2007 2009 (est.) 2011 (est.) 281 exabytes 900 exabytes 1,800 exabytes Source: IDC, 2008 Challenge: Volume

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Information creation outpacing storage Source: IDC, 2008 Challenge: Storage

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Volume not the only challenge Information can be relational and/or dynamic Information is often ephemeral Variety of formats Preservation practices still being formed Challenge: Format

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Half of all collections have no online presence User demand for digitized collections is high Management practices not yet established Ethical/Legal concerns Challenge: Access

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Enhance skills in working with Digital Objects Begin designing a digital repository Seek funding for a digital repository Take concrete steps forward SAA Imperatives

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Protocols for born digital material Project based (rather than systematic) Work with Dig . Center to schedule projects Goals are Access and Outreach Strive toward better interoperability between digital library and archival finding guides / physical collection Strategy

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Bohn, Roger E ., and Short, James E., How Much Information? , (San Diego, California: University of California, San Diego, 2009), http:// hmi.ucsd.edu/pdf/HMI_2009_ConsumerReport_Dec9_2009.pdf Dooley, Jackie M. and Luce, Katherine, Taking Our Pulse: The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives (Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research, 2010), http:// www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2010/2010-11.pdf. Gantz , John F., The Diverse and Exploding Digital Universe, (IDC, 2008), http:// www.emc.com/collateral/analyst-reports/diverse-exploding-digital-universe.pdf Tibbo , Helen R. “On the Occasion of SAA’s Diamond Jubilee: A Profession Coming of Age in the Digital Era.” American Archivist V. 75 (2012), 17-34. Wu, Suzanne, How Much Information Is There in the World? , (Los Angeles, California: University of Southern California News, 2011) http://news.usc.edu/#!/article/29360/How-Much-Information-Is-There-in-the-World Sources

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Presenter Information Timothy P. Achee , M.A., MLIS, CA Associate University Archivist Saint Louis University Special Collections Pius XII Memorial Library 3650 Lindell Blvd. St . Louis, MO 63108 Phone: 314-977-3109 Fax: 314-977-3108 tachee@slu.edu www.slu.edu

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