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“Digital fridge” wins innovation award

Loyd Grossman announced an award on the 22 June for an innovative “giant fridge”, which keeps electronic documents ‘fresh’ for future generations.

The award went to The National Archives in Kew, whose Digital Archive is described by its head of archiving services, David Ryan, as being “like a giant fridge for digital records, keeping them ‘fresh’ by preventing digital decay.”

In winning the prestigious Pilgrim Trust Preservation Award – which recognises innovation in the preservation of digital material – The National Archives beat off stiff international competition from the National Library of New Zealand and the Universities of Leeds and Michigan.

At last night’s awards ceremony, Loyd Grossman, who chairs the Digital Preservation Coalition, said:
“In the two years since I helped to launch the Digital Preservation Coalition, it is reassuring to see how much things have progressed”

He added: “History will judge us very harshly if we are unable to overcome the obstacles to preserving access to our burgeoning digital cultural heritage so we need to encourage and reward those who are working to secure it.”

David Ryan, head of archive services at The National Archives, added: “We are delighted that our innovation in the field of digital preservation has been recognised. The Digital Archive can hold up to 100 terabytes of data, which is the equivalent of 1.5 billion pages of text, enough to stretch from the earth to the moon.”


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