Hello world, as they say. Welcome to this new blog, which is a place for those of us working with born-digital archives at the Bodleian Library to share our thoughts, frustrations and successes. We'll also be making a note of interesting or useful things we stumble upon.
We've been working on issues relating to the long-term preservation of digital archives for a few years now. If you take a look at our Paradigm and Cairo projects, that should give you an idea of the kinds of issues we're dealing with.
This blog is being born as we launch an important phase of development at the Library. We're about to begin the futureArch project, which will see us move the curation of born-digital archives and manuscripts from a series of small projects to a sustainable activity integrated with other aspects of the Library's operations. When futureArch concludes, in just over three years time, we aim to have embedded the curation of born-digital archives and manuscripts into the way we do things.
That's probably more than enough for a first post...