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Technology Watch Report 08-01: JPEG 2000 - a Practical Digital Preservation Standard?

The Digital Preservation Coalition, a UK-based organization, has released a report examining the utility of the JPEG 2000 file format. The report is aimed at organizations involved in the management and storage of digital information. It is written to help archives, libraries and other institutions make informed decisions about JPEG 2000 format and their future storage needs.

Author Robert Buckley, a Xerox Research Fellow, concludes that JPEG 2000 represents a great stride forward for the archival community. The format allows for greater compression rates and a recompression rate that is visually lossless. It also allows for better handling of large files over networks, and viewing features such as pan, scan and zoom.

The report can be downloaded from DPConline. For further information, contact Tim Matthews (National Archives, UK).


EDUCAUSE Update on Key U.S. Copyright Developments

A video presentation of a briefing by James G. Neal (Columbia University) on United States copyright and the work of EDUCAUSE is available on the EDUCAUSE website. Copyright continues to be a key area of interest for libraries and academic institutions. Areas of focus include: orphan works, digital fair use, broadcast flag, Section 1201 anticircumvention rulemaking, electronic reserves, peer-to-peer file sharing, open access to government-funded research, and the report of the Section 108 Study Group on exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives. Find presentation slides and audio online.


Proceedings of “Electronic Resource Management Systems”

IFLA’s Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section has made available the proceedings of their August 2007 satellite conference, “Electronic Resource Management Systems: A Solution with Its Own Challenges.” Speakers’ abstracts and full text presentations are available.