At the end of 1994 the
Commission on Preservation and Access and RLG created the Task Force on
Archiving of Digital Information, charged with investigating and
recommending means to ensure "continued access indefinitely into the
future of records stored in digital electronic form." In May 1996 the
21-member task force, co-chaired by Donald Waters and John Garrett,
completed their final report, Preserving Digital Information, a milestone guide for work on the long-term retention of both born-digital and digitized materials.
Both RLG and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
have made the publication widely available. The online version earned a
Scout Report selection. The task force’s nine recommendations have
shaped our preservation agenda and prompted projects ranging from an
archival server infrastructure ("Arches"); to an early collaborative
digital collection ("Studies in Scarlet"); to work now underway on
digital repository certification.