- Arlington to study how to digitally preserve its history
- County Manager to appoint community task force
- Goal: creating a publicly accessible, digitized archive
Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan plans to appoint in December a task force of community members and County staff to create a vision for how County Government and the community will ensure that Arlington's history is captured, digitally preserved and shared online in an “Arlington Archive.”
“Arlington has a rich and fascinating history,” Donnellan said. “It is imperative that County government work with the community to find a way to preserve the massive amount of documents and photographs out there in a way that can be easily accessed by the public for generations to come. This is a massive undertaking, and we want to make sure we get it right.”
The group is to make recommendations of a vision for capturing, digitally preserving and sharing Arlington history online and for County programs to support that vision. The group also is to identify opportunities, including public and private sector partners; provide interim reports on activities and progress and present a final written report to the County Manager.
Depts. Of Libraries and Technology Services to lead task force
Diane Kresh, director of the County's Department of Libraries, and Jack Belcher, director of the County's Department of Technology Services, will lead the task force, which will begin meeting in early 2015 and will present recommendations to the County Manager by December 31, 2015. Members will include community advocates, archivists, records managers, librarians, teachers, scholars, historians and County staff. The task force's duties will include:
- Evaluating the mission, scope and efforts of current county programs involved in the collection and preservation of historical records and materials
- Researching the mission and efforts of related and complimentary community programs
- Researching best practices for digital curation, preservation and stewardship
- Researching public and private models for community history preservation and online access
- Gathering community input
The task force will work closely with County departments and with community groups involved in local history and preservation.