Professor Beth Plale and Dean David Lewis have been appointed to co-chair IU’s Digitization Master Plan. (touch for more >>)
Plale and Lewis are charged with developing a strategy for digitizing and preserving IU’s special collections, born-digital research data, and scholarship holdings that experts and scholars have judged to be of lasting importance to research and scholarship. Knowledge preservation and access are critical parts of the university’s mission and essential for research and education. The continuing shift of accumulated knowledge from the physical to the digital world necessitates an intentional strategy for assessing various collections and means for digital preservation.
“The Digitization Master Plan is an incredibly important effort,” said Plale. “It will position the university as a leader in scholarly digital holdings, be they media, data, digital objects, or unique collections that in digital form can bring new types of scholarship and recognition to the university.”