TITLE: National Geospatial Digital Archive: A Partnership Network
SPEAKER: Larry Carver
EVENT DATE: 12/06/2006
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 52 minutes
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Geospatial data is information such as maps, imagery and data sets that help us better understand, manage and monitor change in the present while providing insight into the past. From the first colonial maps to the time-sequenced satellite imagery of the 21st century, cartographic information has helped define our view of the country and the world. Today, cartographic materials in digitized form are being collected across a broad spectrum of types. Preserving these digitized images in distributed Internet accessible archives will ensure perpetual access to data vital for disaster relief, resource management, management of environmental policy, analysis of population demographics, education and teaching, plus countless other areas of public interest. To preserve this enormous amount of digitized data, the Library of Congress, the University of California, Santa Barbara and Stanford University have partnered to form the National Geospatial Digital Archive.
Speaker Biography: Larry Carver is the director of Library Technologies and Digital Initiatives at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the principal investigator of the National Geospatial Digital Archive partnership for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. NDIIPP is the Library's national program dedicated to the preservation of America's digital heritage.