The iconic Geisel Library at UC San Diego. Photo by Erik Jepsen for the university

UC San Diego announced Wednesday a partnership with a coalition of Texas colleges and universities to develop a national digital preservation service for sensitive and private data.

The partnership between the UCSD library and the Texas Digital Library is intended to shore up a weak spot for libraries that hold sensitive personal or health information in their custody. According to UCSD, libraries and archives currently have preservation networks for all content types except sensitive and private data.

“The exponential growth of digital data brings with it a number of management and preservation challenges,” said UCSD Librarian Erik Mitchell. “This initiative will enlist experts across relevant sectors including health care, higher education, digital storage and preservation and legal experts to ensure the development and launch of this (distributed digital preservation) service will be relevant to a broad variety of national stakeholders.”

The UCSD library and the TDL received a one-year $87,384 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop a blueprint for the service, including a report on its potential protections for sensitive data, legal agreement templates, technical requirements and the cost to build and launch the service.

“We are excited to combine TDL’s own deep experience with distributed digital preservation services with that of the UC San Diego Library to design services that accommodate the needs of collections containing private and sensitive information,” said TDL Executive Director Kristi Park. “This project addresses some key gaps in current digital preservation strategies for libraries, archives and health science centers.”

City News Service

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