Developing Digital Preservation Programs: the Cornell Survey of Institutional Readiness, 2003-2005


In 2003, the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded Cornell University Library a grant to develop a digital preservation management training program, consisting of intensive weeklong workshops and the creation of an online tutorial. In 2005, NEH provided a second grant to continue the program through 2006. Seven workshops have been held, reaching 164 individuals from 110 institutions. Prior to each workshop, participants were asked to complete an online survey designed to assess their institution's readiness to develop and maintain a digital preservation program. This article reports on the aggregate findings from this survey and offers comparisons where possible to RLG's 1998 survey on the status of digital archiving in its member institutions.

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