I’ve been waiting for someone to point out how badly we Canadians are preserving our digital heritage. The Toronto Star finally got there this week, with the article, Canada’s bleeding digital heritage.
The article is right on the money – not only is the Library and Archives Canada not showing leadership on the government presence in social media, they can’t even assure us that they are maintaining a suitable archive of federal government websites.
The last time LAC harvested government web content was in 2008, and I recently learned they don’t plan to do it again any time soon. Perhaps never. And according to the Star article, they’ve absolved themselves of keeping paper records effective 2017. I hope this means that a brilliant, sweeping strategy is in the works.
I weep for the scholars of the future.