The New York Times carries an article this week about the economics of digital preservation. The context is the NSF Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access co-chaired by my colleague Brian Lavoie.
All that work is going on, Dr. Lavoie said, but “that misses the point” that the task force was formed to examine: ensuring that the various technologies make economic sense. “You can have the most elegant technological solution to the digital-preservation problem, but if there’s no economics underpinning it, then there’s no solution at all,” he said. [In Storing 1’s and 0’s, the Question Is $ – New York Times]
Brian has an article outlining the work of the Task Force in the current issue of the D-Lib Magazine.