An ambitious to-do list

Selection and collection

Develop cooperative agreements among national libraries about the scope of collecting national materials.

Convene experts to develop guidelines for assessing the value of


Use experts to evaluate best practices for selecting dynamic content, such as Web-based journals, interactive objects and materials created using geographic information systems.

Define the boundaries of Web-based content for preservation purposes.

Intellectual property

Investigate options for preserving Internet content.

Explore the implications of preserving materials using various security and copyright-protection devices.

Develop a better understanding of the international context of copyright issues.

Business models

Identify incentives for encouraging institutions to preserve documents.

Identify incentives for encouraging creators to submit their materials for preservation.

Develop tools for appraising digital works for insurance and tax purposes.

Source: Library of Congress

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