June 27, 2013
2013 Society of American Archivists Award for Educopia PublicationBy Hilary Faith Hickman
Press release from Society of American Archivists June 27, 2013:
Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation, edited by Dr. Nancy Y. McGovern (the volume editor) and Dr. Katherine Skinner (the series editor), is the recipient of the Preservation Publication Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Council of State Archivists and SAA Joint Annual Meeting in New Orleans, August 11–17, 2013.
Published by Educopia Institute in 2012, Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation provides a comprehensive synthesis of current thinking in the field of digital preservation and proposed methods of action and cooperation that “support the preservation of our collective cultural memory.” The publication, which is available freely as a PDF, contains a collection of peer-reviewed essays that were developed by conference panels and attendees of the 2011 “Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation” (ANADP) conference in Tallinn, Estonia. The ANADP community will convene again this fall in Barcelona for ANADP II.
The nominator noted that this publication “provides a comprehensive assessment of the current state of practice that has breadth and depth . . . as well as providing recommendations for moving forward toward an international community of practice.”
Established in 1993, past recipients of the Preservation Publication Award include McGovern and Anne Kenney for their web-based tutorial Digital Preservation Management: Implementing Short- term Strategies for Long-term Problems; Digital Curation: A How-To-Do-It Manual; Archival and Special Collections Facilities: Guidelines for Archivists, Librarians, Architects, and Engineers; and Geospatial Multistate Archive and Preservation Partnership (GeoMAPP) Best Practices for Archival Processing for Geospatial Datasets.