Wendy Reynolds has a brief, must-read post on the need for Library and Archives Canada to show greater leadership in preserving Canada’s digital heritage.
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In a story where there must surely be more to the story, the Globe reports that Library and Archives Canada has expelled researchers and editors for the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada over security concerns. EMC, which is freely available online, has been documenting Canada's musical history and has enjoyed […]
Library and Archives Canada has released the public responses to its 2007 Canadian Digital Information Strategy. The consultation generated a significant number of responses with many submissions urging the LAC to adopt a stronger position on copyright reform. Key issues include: freeing up orphan works removing restrictive crown copyright provisions […]
In the face of mounting opposition, the Library and Archives Canada has reinstated its longer opening hours.
My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) focuses on the Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) recently released draft Canadian Digital Information Strategy that may provide some momentum behind digitization plans in Canada. In today's technological world, most content is "born digital," yet there remains a rich history of books, music, film, photos, and other works in analog form. Since people increasingly have access solely to digital content, policy makers must confront the challenge of how to bring all of our culture and historical knowledge into the digital realm.
The strategy makes for sobering reading – Canada may have once been a world-leader in Internet access, yet today it finds itself years behind other countries in developing a clearly focused strategy to link digital access with digital information. Most of our major trading partners, including the United States, European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and China have already established digitization strategies that feature robust programs and ambitious plans. Moreover, some of those countries have benefited from private sector digitization initiatives led by Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and the Internet Archive. Those countries recognized that an effective digitization strategy yields significant domestic benefits such as wider access to knowledge for all communities, a greater appreciation of national cultural heritage, and the facilitation of lifelong learning. There are tangible international advantages as well, since digital access supports cultural exports and collaborative scientific research.
In order to close the ever-widening gap, the strategy focuses on strengthening Canadian digital content creation, preserving older content, as well as maximizing access and use. The three-pronged strategy hits many of the right buttons by emphasizing the need to support the creation of digital content (many government funding programs are still stuck in the analog era), highlighting the value in identifying the priority works in need of digitization, and fostering a framework that emphasizes access.
Yet despite its laudable goals, the draft strategy suffers from timidity.