The results of a European-wide online survey assessing the preparedness of research libraries for economically-sustainable digital preservation is now available.
This report presents the current state of digital preservation in European research libraries, it’s implementation, drivers, benefits, funding sources, and place in the strategy, mission and vision of organisations. It provides insight in to the use of cost models and also attitudes towards shared services and outsourcing.
In September 2012 LIBER members contributed to the APARSEN survey which forms the basis for this report. The survey was designed to assess how far along European libraries are in terms of addressing the recommendations in the Blue Ribbon Task Force report on Economically Sustainable Digital Preservation.
One of the important gaps identified in the survey analysis is the gap between the importance of digitial preservation in the institution and it’s presence in the mission, vision and strategy of the organisation. Such gaps must be addressed though the promotiion of the benefits of digital preservation to decision makers and though the collection of strong business cases for digital preservation.
To find out more about the APARSEN project please go to: http://www.alliancepermanentaccess.org/