8 July, 2015. Monash University
The documentation and preservation of digital material is of central concern to everyone working in memory institutions – whether from a research, cultural heritage, or accountability perspective. However, exponentially increasing volumes against a backdrop of changing technology and societal expectations renders this a herculean task. A participatory approach to digital preservation is one emergent mechanism that may facilitate sustainability of this activity into the future.
This workshop seeks to raise and address whether a participatory approach to preservation could facilitate sustainability of digital information, of preservation and curation activities, and of the institutions that engage in this type of work. Three speakers will give their position on the problem, offer examples of how different stakeholders might contribute to enhancing the longevity of digital resources, and identify issues for further discussion in a round-table format.
Although such questions are likely to be too complex to be addressed comprehensively in one session, we hope that a major outcome of the workshop will be a research and communication agenda to further investigate the relationship between participation and sustainability for digital preservation.