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Long-term Access to Archival Materials That are Not in a Traditional Archives

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This paper explores issues surrounding historical archive materials that are currently not housed in a conventional archive, using a case study of biomedical illustrations created for the textbook, Grant's Atlas of Anatomy. The paper explores the following issues:

• Resolving intellectual property issues when a commercial publisher owns the copyright to archival materials with high research value;

• Determining what are the archival copies - the original drawings or the digital copies and where both the originals and the digital copies should be housed;

• Ensuring long-term sustainability for digital archival materials that are not housed in a traditional archives.

Our multi-disciplinary research project team is seeking solutions that meet the needs of all the stakeholders while ensuring the drawings are available for current and future generations of researchers. The answers lie in creative dialog between the rightsholders, the medical illustrator creator community, researchers and archivists. For the Grant's Atlas illustrations, the dialogue has at least begun.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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  • The IS&T (digital) Archiving Conference offers a unique opportunity for imaging scientists and those working in the cultural heritage community (curators, archivists, librarians, photographers etc) from around the world to come together to discuss the most pressing issues related to the digital preservation and stewardship of hardcopy, and other cultural heritage documents and objects. Authors come from museums, archives, libraries, government institutions, industry and academia. Cutting edge topics related to multispectral and 3D imaging, as well as best practices for workflow, sharing, standards, and asset/collection management and dissemination are explored in papers presented at this annual, international event.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in pertuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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