Friday, October 15, 2010

Bleeding our digital heritage

Either we have a problem here, or some civil servant has a way with his imagery. (Bleeding. Digital. Heritage. Try putting those three words in another sentence.)

The Toronto Star reports on the failure or inability of the federal government to archive much of its digital and online communication.
The U.S. Library of Congress has declared Twitter such a valuable resource that it is keeping an archive of all messages sent since 2006..... But Library and Archives Canada, which is the official record keeper of the government, is still muddling through whether it needs to hold on to its own supply.
Okay. But here's a line to put a chill in the heart of archive users.
The institution is struggling with how to manage digital content altogether. By 2017, they will stop keeping paper records.
Uh, that's not meant exactly the way it sounds, is it?
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