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Improving Practice through Experiential Learning: Library of Congress Geospatial Data Preservation Projects

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Steven Morris
North Carolina State University Libraries

The North Carolina Geospatial Data Archiving Project (NCGDAP) was a joint effort between North Carolina State University Libraries and the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information & Analysis, in cooperation with the Library of Congress under the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). That initial project served to catalyze discussions about data preservation needs within the network of data producers and custodians that form spatial data infrastructure, and led to the formal involvement of state archives in data preservation of activities. Cross-fertilization with activities in other states led to a subsequent NDIIPP initiative called GeoMAPP (Geospatial Multistate Archive and Preservation Partnership), which has built on the initial learning experiences of NCGDAP and has focused more explicitly on formal archival processes such as selection, appraisal, retention scheduling, and content transfer. GeoMAPP has recently expanded to include five participant states, and is now focused on preservation and data transfer, storage and access, industry outreach, mentoring peer states, and business planning. The experience of both NCGDAP and GeoMAPP has shown the value of providing producers and managers of geospatial data with access to information resources that support data preservation efforts.

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