It seems like Hathi Trust is very sure of their future, insisting that you look at something today, it will be in the same place in 50 to 100 years.  That seems like a powerful statement, one that I don’t doubt, but I think the more convincing preservation strategy is how actively they are moving things into the public domain.  This strategy has the benefit of utilizing the LOCKSS concept, which seems to work and also is extremely cheap.  By moving things into the public domain, they are able to disseminate the works more easily, and to harness third-party and outside repositories if need be, which also helps with the stated goal of access.  Because, let’s face it, sequesters apparently happen.  No one knows what the future holds, even within secure institutions.  So, in large part, the goal of access and the goal of preservation are intimately connected, when you are in an uncertain world.


2 responses to “preservation

  1. I agree, nothing’s certain and preservation isn’t always guaranteed. I really like that the HathiTrust site has information on disaster recovery, back-up repositories and fairly simple data diagrams that, if I were a member library, would make me feel a lot more secure in HathiTrust’s future plans for my data.

  2. I agree that preservation and access are “intimately connected.” One cannot access what isn’t preserved, and preservation, in its goal to “share the record of human knowledge” must have the ability to be accessed (whether through viable formats, public domain, as a university student, etc.).

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