Case study of a US nonprofit with an interesting approach to digital preservation based on a micro-endowment business model.
For once, the problem is not really a financial one: museums around the country already spend money each year on ad hoc digital storage arrangements, while many millions in grant-funding continues to be available for projects that create new digital assets of various kinds. Economies of scale could fund better solutions for preserving legacy digital assets, while funders could require project budgets to include enough to endow the preservation of newly created assets to agreed standards.
As suggested in the previous section, a key aim of the proposed framework would be to help museums and other users of their data to capture the results of a wide range of collections-based work that too often gathers digital dust in long-forgotten spreadsheets and documents. This is especially true of collaborative projects, but is also the case with content such as exhibition text produced within individual museums.