National Library of Australia Staff Papers, 2001

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Data Recovery and Providing Access to Digital Manuscripts

Deborah Woodyard


Recently the National Library of Australia has embarked on a project to find electronic materials in its vast manuscript collections and apply new preservation methods to provide long term access to these materials. Aging media, as well as recent acquisitions, frequently appear in unreadable formats. Thanks to translation software these disks can now be read and transferred to new formats. However digital manuscripts raise many new issues, and methods of managing and providing access to this new format have had to be developed.

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