Tuesday, April 28, 2015

UAL Project Recipient of Innovative Technology Award

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The Canadian Government Information Digital Preservation Network [CGI DPN] has been named 2015 recipient of the CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology.

The Canadian Government Information Digital Preservation Network is a project initiated in October 2012 by library staff at eleven member institutions: University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, University of Victoria, McGill University, Dalhousie University, Scholars Portal, University of Toronto, and Stanford University.

Amanda Wakaruk, Government Information Librarian at University of Alberta Libraries, was the Chair of the CGI DPN Steering Committee from its inception to April 2015, and has been a champion of both democratic access to government information and this national initiative.  

The mission of the CGI DPN is to preserve digital collections of government information, ensuring the long-term viability of digital materials through geographically dispersed servers, protective measures against data loss, and forward format migration.

Through the innovative application of LOCKSS and Archive-it technology, the Network has established a geographically distributed infrastructure to preserve government information in a secure environment, helping to ensure access to critical digital content in the future. The CGI DPN’s collaborative approach to acquiring and preserving digital content is both cost effective and efficient. The Network is an important example of librarians as proactive stewards in the realm of digital content.

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