Grappling with digital preservation in NZ

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The government of New Zealand has committed $24 million to a National Library-led digital preservation effort:

Penny Carnaby, the National Library's chief librarian, says much of our history could be lost because of the digital age in which we live.

In pre-internet times, most of our heritage was printed, painted or recorded. But now, a lot of the material that future historians will want to study to give them a sense of what New Zealand was like in 2005 is online.

A lot of information and commentary on recent events that New Zealanders have felt enormously proud of - The Lord of the Rings trilogy or the America's Cup - is on the web and not in print, says Carnaby.

Complete article from the New Zealand Herald.

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