"Considerations for supporting the digital continuity of NDRMA collections"
The digitization of valuable historical collections has been recognized as an acceptable method for creating digital assets for their long-term preservation in the libraries, archives, and museums sectors. This presentation describes opportunities and challenges involved in digitization for preservation and considerations for making the Korean National Debt Redemption Movement Archive (NDRMA) collections more long lasting for current and future generations. While digitization has increased the opportunities to access and view cultural heritage artifacts with detail, preserving digitized content requires addressing operational, organizational, and technical issues. Three aspects are discussed for the digital preservation of NDRMA collections: 1) The selections for digitization; 2) Content creation regarding quality control and preservation metadata; and 3) Technical and organizational infrastructure. Selection decisions need to be made based on the cultural, historical, and intrinsic values of materials as well as their demand and audience. It is also important to preserve the quality of digitized images and provide full and accurate descriptions, which encompass not only descriptive metadata but also the provenance of digital objects, information about rights and permissions, and technical and structural metadata. In addition, technical elements that are vulnerable to digital preservation, such as storage media, file formats, compression schemes, and various applications and protocols, should be considered. Organizational infrastructure relating to policies, strategies, and funding models needs to sustain the long-term preservation of digitized NDRMA collections.
Jihyun Kim is an associate professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at Ewha Womans University in South Korea. Her research interests include researchers’ data sharing and reuse behaviors, archive users’ needs and behaviors, digital curation/preservation, and research data management services.