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TitleArchiving, management and preservation of geospatial data summary report and recommendations
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorGeoConnections Policy Advisory Node, Working Group on Archiving and Preserving Geospatial Data
SourceCanadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure, Information Product 23e, 2005, 21 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is related to Archivage, gestion et préservation des données géospatiales, rapport sommaire et recommandations
File formatpdf
Subjectsmiscellaneous; Information management
Released2012 12 31
AbstractA working group was created under the GeoConnections Policy Node to identify issues and solutions related to the long-term archiving and preservation of geospatial data. This summary report provides highlights and recommendations, based on a more detailed background study document entitled "The Management and Preservation of Geospatial Data".
Geospatial data are being produced by all levels of government and in the private sector at an unprecedented rate. However, long-term access to the wealth of these data will be compromised unless policies and procedures are created and implemented by geospatial data custodians to ensure their archival preservation and continued availability to policy makers, industry and researchers. While considerable study and research is now being undertaken to address the subject of preserving electronic information, very little study focuses on the unique challenges to successfully archiving and preserve geospatial data.
This study concludes that there is no single solution available that addresses all the archival challenges associated with the preservation of digital information. The finding of this study is consistent with other efforts, as noted by Au Yeung (2004) “…the real solution for digital preservation may lie less in technology and more in policy”. It is however clear that there is a need for a mixture of strategies that must be implemented within an effective information management structure. Implementation will be dependent upon an organization's legislative, policy and information management requirements and its ability to invest in long-term preservation activities.
Recommendations for further action and research related to the long-term archiving and preservation of geospatial data can be divided between: 1) those activities that are institutionally based; and 2) those that require national policies, standards and guidelines that should be collaboratively developed.

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