I would like to propose a session on the potential for collaborative approaches to managing born-digital materials in archives and special collections.
As archives and special collections acquire an increasing number of large digital collections they must develop processes for accessioning, processing, and preserving these materials. Developing these processes is time and labor intensive, and requires collaboration between archival/special collections staff and systems staff. Additionally, they often require significant investment in expensive repository and digital preservation software in addition to custom development. Many small to mid-sized institutions lack the necessary resources to support such programs on their own, and content of enduring value is therefore at risk of loss.
Is there a way that a variety of institutions could collaborate to support a cross-institutional infrastructure for born-digital collections? What might that look like? What academic partnership and/or consortia models would be applicable to such a project? What would the significant challenges of such a collaborative approach be?