We announced the creation of our JPEG 2000 blog last month, and since then we have posted on several aspects of our experiences implementing the format, including setting up a Working Group around JPEG 2000 use in the library, museum and archive world. The blog has been well received so far, with several thought-provoking comments and over 800 visitors in its first month.
In a recent post, Digital Curator Dave Thompson discusses issues around the long-term management of JPEG 2000. Our current approach demonstrates that, while we have chosen a lossy format for our master image files, we are not ignoring the future implications of our actions:
“Obsolescence is not something totally beyond our control. We are free to decide when obsolescence actually occurs, when it becomes a problem we need to deal with, and, with proper long term management strategies how we plan to migrate from obsolete formats to current ones. The choice of JPEG2000 as a master format supports this broader approach to data management.” Read more…
As a library, long-term preservation of information is a key service that we provide: not only for our physical collections, but for our digital holdings as well.