Digital Curation

A working definition

Digital Curation exists at the intersection of preservation and presentation.  It involves managing information–on and off the web–to ensure that what is integral to our culture (and perhaps in some way is our culture) is not swept into the sea of obsolescence.  Digital Curation, like the rapidly transforming mediums through which we create and present information, is not fixed.  The ground is shifting and so the tools we use to archive and transform information keep shifting too.  Digital Curation is problematic because it is critical and iterative and also because it is only validated by an outcome that is neither known or entirely predictable.  There are other less abstract problems as well: born-digital art and ephemera, the transformation of correspondence, the virtual [sic] abolishment of the physical ‘draft’ are just a few of the issues that this area of Information Science is committed to exploring.

The job of the Digital Curator is to build (and keep re-building) a bridge between the past and the future.

Published by Nora Almeida

Nora Almeida is a librarian, writer, performance artist, and environmental activist. She is an Associate Professor in the Library Department at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and a long-time volunteer at Interference Archive.