Benefits of Digital Preservation - Binghamton

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Activity Outline

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Benefits Analysis and Alignment with Institutional Objectives

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Generic or high level benefit Detailed benefit description Aligns with Institutional Objective
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Preserve Institutional Memory
The Library is tasked (via the University Archives) with preserving the institutional memory of the University. Before "born digital" the archives would collect all of the newsletters, magazines, etc. created on campus. Now that some of these things never make it to print. However, the Library still needs to preserve this information and thus needs a digital preservation strategy.
"Capitalize on the digitization of information"
Preservation of Faculty Research and Research Data
Faculty put a lot of work research and creating research data, reports, articles, etc. However, surveys of researchers in England and elsewhere have shown that faculty do not always use best practices with preserving there data. A researcher could potentially use months, if not years worth of work if a digital disaster should happen. By having a digital preservation system, the possibility of this type of loss can be drastically reduced. Also some funding agencies now require data management plans and there is a trend to ensure that data is open (or at least preserved) for a certain period of time. A digital preservation system can help ensure this,
"Provide a 'state-of-the-art' environment for research and scholarly activities"
Greater exposure to digital content
The Libraries' Special Collections has a wide range of collections that researchers from around the world have used and many more may want to if a) they knew about them, and 2) could access them remotely. "Capitalize on the digitization of information"
Raise the profile of the Libraries (and University)
By being at the fore-front of digital preservation, Binghamton University will be recognized as a leader and the profile of the Libraries and University will be enhanced.
To be innovative


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