By Douglas Ross Harvey

This publication presents a single-volume creation to the rules, suggestions and practices presently utilized via librarians and recordkeeping pros to the severe factor of upkeep of electronic details. It contains perform from either the recordkeeping and the library groups, taking inventory of present wisdom approximately electronic maintenance and describing fresh and present learn, to supply a framework for reflecting at the concerns that electronic upkeep increases in expert perform.

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What are the modes of digital death? Answering these questions provides a framework for understanding why digital preservation poses major challenges. There are three sets of challenges: – – – those relating to the nature of the media that are used to store digital materials; those resulting from the technologies required to create, store and access digital materials; those characterized in this book as challenges to the integrity of digital materials. The issues are complex and are interrelated.

Although the evidence allows only general statements to be made, it is commonly thought that paper embrittlement affects in the order of 30 per cent of the collections of large research libraries in the United States. ) Nor is the problem of deterioration of the artifacts typically found in traditional collections limited to paper. All materials deteriorate: photographs, nitrate film, and cellulose acetate film are but a few examples. The concern of this book, however, is with digital materials.

There is, in fact, no single reason why we preserve knowledge. 231), ‘has a life force fueled by many (often disparate) sources’. None of these reasons change when we consider the preservation of knowledge encoded in digital materials, but the rhetoric alters to emphasize economic rationales. Preserving digital materials is essential. 1). 3). Considerable attention is being directed to the need to preserve scientific data. ix). Their report examines in detail how digital technologies have changed scientific research, leading to the generation of very large quantities of data that need to be accessible into the future.

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