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Title:NDIIPP Partner Perspectives on Economic Sustainability
Author(s):LeFurgy, William G.
Subject(s):Digital preservation
National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP)
Abstract:This article presents results from the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) Digital Preservation Sustainability Working Group survey, conducted in 2007. The Library of Congress initiated the working group to gather information about significant issues relating to the economic sustainability of activities that support digital stewardship. The group decided the most useful method to collect information was through a series of structured telephone interviews involving several open-ended questions. Eleven NDIIPP partners were invited to participate. Interviews gathered qualitative information about a variety of economic sustainability issues, including developing business cases, implementing business models, measuring costs, and developing a stable economic basis for digital preservation programs. Survey results revealed a mix of consensus and division on various issues and shed interesting light upon the sustainability of preservation programs generally. The article provides an overview of the survey and its methodology, categorizes the responses, and draws some high-level conclusions. While the survey results should be viewed within the context of NDIIPP, they may be useful for archives, libraries, and other preservation institutions as they consider economic sustainability issues.
Issue Date:2009
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In Library trends 57 (3) Winter 2009: 413-426.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2009 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-03-15

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