New Report: "Swatting the Long Tail of Digital Media: A Call for Collaboration"

 

This report urges a collaborative approach for conversion of content on various types of digital media.

Written by Senior Program Officer Ricky Erway, Swatting the Long Tail of Digital Media: A Call for Collaboration, is intended for managers who are making decisions on where to invest their born-digital time and money. It should help them understand that any expectations that local staff will be able to handle everything are probably impractical. We hope it will also help archivists (and others) in the trenches breathe a sigh of relief to think that perhaps they won’t have to deal with an array of obsolete media all on their own. 

This is the second in a series of reports about demystifying born-digital materials. As with the first report, You’ve Got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media, this report refers only to born-digital material on physical media.

For a quick overview of the report, watch the author’s two-minute video summary on YouTube. For more information about the work related to the report, see the Demystifying Born Digital activity page.

More Information

Read the report, Swatting the Long Tail of Digital Media: A Call for Collaboration
(The first report, You’ve Got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media, is available on this page, as well)

http://oclc.org/research/publications/library/2012/2012-06r.html

Watch the author's video about the report, Swatting the Long Tail of Digital Media:
A Call for Collaboration
(2:02)
http://youtu.be/PklOIz5FyBE

Watch the author's video about the first report in this series, You've Got to Walk Before You Can Run: First Steps for Managing Born-Digital Content Received on Physical Media (1:40)
http://youtu.be/Mu_TC35u8cw

Learn more about the OCLC Research activity associated with this report,
Demystifying Born Digital
http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/borndigital.html

For more information:

Ricky Erway
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research
erwayr@oclc.org
+1-650-287-2125

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research
renspiem@oclc.org
+1-614-761-5231

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