Sweetkind-Singer, Julie; Larsgaard, Mary Lynette; Erwin, Tracey
Digital Preservation of Geospatial Data
Larsgaard, Mary Lynette
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
The selection, acquisition, and management of digital data are now
part and parcel of the work librarians handle on a day-to-day basis.
While much thought goes into this work, little consideration may
be given to the long-term preservation of the collected data. Digital
data cannot be retained for the future in the same way paper-based
materials have traditionally been handled. Specific issues arise when
archiving digital data and especially geospatial data. This article will
discuss some of those issues, including data versioning, file size, proprietary
data formats, copyright, and the complexity of file formats.
Collection development topics, including what to collect and why,
will also be explored. The work underlying this article is being done
as part of an award from the Library of Congress’s National Digital
Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP).
Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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