Saving the Present - RLG News Release

29 September, 2005 | in DCC News
By: Joy Davidson

Much of the past has already been lost to modern society; rich, cultural history obliterated by the vicissitudes of wars, natural disasters, or simply through lack of proper care. The celebrated collections in The Royal Library of Alexandia were destroyed by fire. Priceless versions of The Koran were lost forever in the lootings of Iraq's National Library in Baghdad. Robin Dale, a program officer for RLG [external], a Mountain View, California organization dedicated to addressing the problems of saving and preserving digital information, says, "People assume that digital materials can be preserved forever and yet, that just isn't true."