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Tomorrow - Ensuring Sustainable Data and Metadata for the Future

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Mary Vardigan
ICPSR

How do we ensure that the digital assets we create, enhance, and disseminate are preserved for future generations and remain usable for research, despite rapid-paced technological change? How do we protect the investment we make in data resources over the full life course of a project and not lose information along the way? These are questions that the social science data archives and others concerned with the development of cyberinfrastructure need to answer as we look to tomorrow. This presentation will focus on the big picture in terms of recent developments in the field of digital preservation and then will narrow in scope to discuss the role of DDI in a sustainable digital preservation program; the use of DDI at ICPSR and in a new project that covers the data life cycle; and finally some challenges remaining that we collectively need to solve.

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