Digital Preservation

University of Alberta Libraries has a strong commitment to the preservation of both analog and digital collections. As a major North American research library, we are advancing a number of digital preservation initiatives to ensure that our shared digital resources and collections are preserved for future generations of scholars, students, researchers and the general public. Has the Library been modernized? Have you thrown out the old tapes and computerizations? And always he imagined the answer from dusty and ancient librarians, 'As it has been, Professor, so is it still.'
Isaac Asimov, Foundation's edge. (New York : Bantam, 1991, c1982), pp. 45-46.
We are seeking to create a Trusted Digital Repository within what we hope will be a trusted network of repositories across Canada.

Initiatives and Partnerships

  1. The Ebling Mis Initiative and the Sun Centre of Excellence

    In 2008, the University of Alberta Libraries along with The Alberta Library (TAL) were designated a joint Sun Centre of Excellence in Libraries. The Ebling Mis Initiative represents part of the vision for the University of Alberta Libraries' digital preservation program.

    UAL is developing a scalable Trusted Digital Repository for the preservation of digital resources of various types. ERA (Educational Research Archive), digitized collections, audiovisual collections, data, purchased eBooks, and other materials are ingested (deposited) and safeguarded within this environment. For more information on some of the technology, metadata standards, and policies being employed in the preservation environment.

    The Library was outmoded and archaic - it had been so even in Ebling Mis's time - but that was all to the good. Pelorat always rubbed his hands with excitement when he thought of an old and outmoded Library. The older and the more outmoded, the more likely it was to have what he needed. In his dreams, he would enter the Library and ask in breathless alarm, "Has the Library been modernized? Have you thrown out the old tapes and computerizations?" And always he imagined the answer from dusty and ancient librarians, "As it has been, Professor, so is it still."
    Isaac Asimov, Foundation's edge. (New York : Bantam, 1991, c1982), pp. 45-46.
  2. Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group

    The library is one of the original members of the Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (Sun PA-SIG). The PA-SIG group is concerned with advancing best practices and practical implementation of the technologies supporting digital preservation.

  3. LOCKSS

    The University of Alberta Libraries is a member of the worldwide LOCKSS Alliance and we actively preserve content from publishers that participate in this initiative.

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  5. COPPUL PLN

    UAL is a founding member of the COPPUL Private LOCKSS Network (PLN). The PLN is a pilot program that utilizes the LOCKSS digital preservation system as a means to archive collections of local interest to members of the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) that are not being preserved through any other means. Digital materials such as small university press publications, open access journals, born digital government publications, and other electronic journal collections that are at risk of being lost will be preserved as part of the program. This is the only LOCKSS PLN in Canada.

  6. CLOCKSS

    University of Alberta Libraries is an Archive Node of CLOCKSS, which involves members who act as custodians of the archived content. UAL is the only archive node in Canada. Chief Librarian and Vice-Provost, Learning Services, Ernie Ingles, is a member of the Board of Directors. More information about the CLOCKSS community is available on the CLOCKKS website.

  7. Portico

    UAL is an Archive Founder member of Portico. As detailed on the Portico website, "Portico provides libraries and publishers with a reliable, cost-effective solution to one of the most critical challenges facing the scholarly community today - ensuring that the electronic resources you rely on everyday will be accessible to future researchers, scholars, and students.We preserve tens of thousands of e-journals, e-books, and d-collections (digitized historical collections) and are adding more content to the archive everyday. Libraries and publishers experience benefits from the Portico service from day one and can be confident that they will have access to their most valued content in the future."

  8. Web Archiving

    We use Archive-IT to collect web content of importance to the UofA community that is at risk of being lost, deleted, or forgotten over time

External Documents and Reports

  1. Final Report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access
  2. Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC)
  3. Ten Principles/Basic Characteristics of TDRs

Organizations

  1. Canada
  2. Canadian Association for Research Libraries (CARL) – Preservation
  3. Canadian Association for Research Libraries (CARL) – Repositories
  4. Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL)
  5. Library and Archives Canada – Digital Preservation
  1. International
  2. Centre for Research Libraries – Archiving & Preservation
  3. Digital Curation Centre (DCC)
  4. Digital Preservation Europe
  5. JISC
  6. Library of Congress – Digital Preservation
  7. Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group(PA-SIG)