With the research described in this report, ERPANET sets out to identify the current state of digital preservation in the respective sector from a variety of perspectives. The topics explored include objective relevance and subjective awareness of digital preservation, cooperation, current practice, costs, and audit. The growth of digital information in UK higher education institutions has been steadily increasing. Although, digital preservation has been seen as a major strategic priority within the UK Higher Education for some time, efforts to ensure users' continued access to this data in years to come have been relatively sparse among stakeholders. Indeed, very few Higher Education institutions in the UK have begun to tackle the problem of digital preservation. However, there are some pioneering examples of projects in UK academia. One of these initiatives is undoubtedly the Cedars Projects1 from the University of Leeds, the broad objective of which was to explore digital preservation issues. Among these Cedars initiatives/projects, Edinburgh University has contributed to digital preservation at a practical level. Edinburgh University regards their participation within the framework of emerging national strategies as vital. The University Library undertook a Digital Preservation project in 2001. This project aims to produce a comprehensive strategy for the permanent preservation of the University's core electronic publications. The Project is due to last 12 months and the research officer will pilot an electronic archive, using the University Calendar as a test-bed. In addition, key areas of digital preservation will be investigated including preservation techniques, metadata, and legal issues.
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