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The Library of Congress > Digital Preservation > News Archive > May 2006 News Archive

Since September 2004, the Library's National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) has been working in partnership with eight consortia nationwide in the collection and preservation of at-risk digital content of cultural and historical importance to the nation.

One of the eight projects focuses on the preservation of digital public television. The lead institution in this consortium is the Educational Broadcasting Corporation (Thirteen/WNET New York). Project director Nan Rubin recently came to the Library to discuss the "Preserving Digital Public Television" project, which is funded with a dollar-for-dollar matching award from the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.  A Webcast of her presentation is now available on this site.

The subject of another NDIIPP Webcast is the Archive Ingest and Handling Test, which tested the transfer of a large archive from one institution to another. Keith Johnson, digital repository product manager at Stanford University, which was one of four institutional partners in the test, visited the Library to discuss Stanford's AIHT experiences. He made his presentation with NDIIPP project Manager Martha Anderson.

In April, NDIIPP held a strategy session in Los Angeles with creators of commercial content. The program is interested in forming partnerships with the commercial sector, which produces films, video games, sound, pictorial art and other content in digital formats. The Library learned that these creators are very interested in working with NDIIPP on modeling projects for digital preservation. An April 19 news release provides further details.

On March 8 and March 16, the independent Section 108 Study Group held public roundtable sessions in Los Angeles and Washington. The Section 108 Study Group was formed to prepare findings and make recommendations to the Librarian of Congress for possible alterations to the law that reflect current technologies. This effort will seek to strike the appropriate balance between copyright holders and libraries and archives in a manner that best serves the public interest. The minutes from those enlightening meetings are now available.