Legal Deposit at Library and Archives Canada and Development of a Trusted Digital Repository

Pam Armstrong, Susan Haigh

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The Library and Archives Canada Act (2004) gave LAC new powers to acquire Canadian Internet publications under Legal Deposit and to collect a representative sample of Canadian websites for the purpose of preservation. LAC has ongoing responsibility for appraising, acquiring and preserving Government of Canada records, including those in digital form. Also, from private sources, LAC acquires digital records including photographs, documentary art, geomatic material, music, architectural material, manuscripts, and email. To ensure that Canadian digital documentary heritage is preserved for future generations, LAC is developing and implementing the necessary technological and procedural infrastructure to support the acquisition, management, and preservation of digital documentary heritage, with the goal of becoming a Trusted Digital Repository.  This presentation will provide an overview of the development project with particular focus on legal deposit for electronic publications.