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posted on 10.03.2020 by Andrea Goethals
Since 2004, the New Zealand government has invested approximately $50 million in the digital preservation programmes of the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) and Archives New Zealand. These funds have been used to develop the repository infrastructure and staff expertise needed to operate, manage and support sustainable long-term digital programmes to care for the nation’s cultural heritage and government records in digital form.

Recognising that data with long-term value, and therefore in need of digital preservation, is being produced by many individuals and organisations across NZ, the NLNZ began a project five years ago to explore a national approach to digital preservation. The idea is that NLNZ’s digital preservation programme could be expanded to provide a digital preservation service for other NZ organisations creating digital content with ‘high value’, i.e. that will contribute to economic, social, cultural or economic outcomes, now or in the future.

The NLNZ’s research has included surveys of targeted populations to understand for NZ the value of data being created; the policies, strategies, practices and systems in place to manage and maintain access to it; and the appetite to use a NZ digital preservation service. CIO/CTOs of NZ state sector organisations were surveyed because of their responsibility to maintain access to their organisation’s digital material, and eResearchers were surveyed because they generate digital material of value. The surveys were first conducted in 2015, and then repeated in 2019 to understand the extent to which changes in digital preservation practice and needs in NZ had changed or remained the same.

This presentation will share what has been learned through this research, and the eResearch conference attendees will be invited to provide feedback on a potential nationallevel digital preservation service.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Andrea Goethals manages the digital preservation team at the National Library of New Zealand. She has primary responsibility for the overall day-to-day operations of the National Digital Heritage Archive and contributes to the strategic direction of the Library’s digital preservation programme. She champions digital preservation issues and collaborates closely with others at the Library and around the world to advance digital preservation standards and practices.

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