Wednesday, 14 November 9:45-10:30

Concrete Steps for the Long-Term Preservation of Digital Information

ABSTRACT: It is becoming more widely understood that bits are not impervious to degradation and loss. If we are to develop methods to cope with this fact, we will need to establish a set of desirable properties of a digital preservation ecosystem that will deal with technical issues, business models and legal frameworks friendly to a preservation regime. In this talk, I hope to lay out at least the properties that I believe will be conducive to successful creation of such a regime and perhaps some specifics that could be pursued in the near term.

Vinton G. Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Vinton G. Cerf co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet and is Chief Internet Evangelist for Google.   He is a member of the National Science Board and National Academy of Engineering and Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and BCS. Cerf received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Prince of Asturias Award, Japan Prize, ACM Turing Award, Legion d’Honneur, the Franklin Medal and 29 honorary degrees.

Wednesday, 14 November 9:00-9:45

Hitachi Vantara and Revera: Evolving solutions for cultural preservation

ABSTRACT: Digital record keeping and archiving must transcend generations and last for many decades to come. Long-term digital preservation challenges go beyond backup & restore or disaster recovery and extend to principles such as context and provenance. The National Library of New Zealand is well recognized for its pioneering work in ensuring the ongoing preservation, protection and accessibility of the documentary heritage of New Zealand. This talk will highlight its collaboration with Hitachi Vantara and Revera Cloud Services, and the development of a bespoke digital storage solution drawing on cutting edge technology for highly secure object storage. The Library’s growing digital heritage collections are now supported with an agile, scalable solution that will enable it to connect national and international researchers with the digital taonga (treasures) of New Zealand, and ensure the ongoing use and re-use of this material.

Jon Chinitz

Employed with Hitachi since 2005, Jonathan has over 30 years of Industry expertise in the areas of distributed computing, network security, storage systems and cloud technologies. He is currently managing Hitachi’s new Content Intelligence offering, a cloud-ready search and discovery application.

A veteran of several software startups, Jonathan has held technical and management positions with


  • Hitachi Vantara (Product Manager, Cloud and Data Intelligence Group)
  • Hitachi Data Systems (Technical Evangelist, File & Content Solutions)
  • Archivas (Business Development Manager)
  • Secured Services (Director Product Management)
  • Vasco Data Security (Vice President and General Manager, Software Group)
  • IntelliSoft (Founder and President)
  • Open Software Foundation (Consultant)

In his spare time Jonathan loves all things Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, watching movies and spending time with his family including two English Springer Spaniels.

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