Preserving Digital Information (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 21, 2007 - Computers - 338 pages
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Cultural history enthusiasts have asserted the urgent need to protect digital information from imminent loss. Without action, much of what has been created in digital form is likely to become unusable. Although a decade has already elapsed since this challenge was clearly articulated, nobody has described a complete procedure for preventing such loss – until now. Leading industry consultant Henry M. Gladney outlines a technical solution and justifies its correctness and optimality. His presentation focuses on long-term digital preservation principles as a basis for producing the software that will be needed. The method described will work for any kind of digital document, multimedia file, business record collection, or scientific information, and is believed to be optimal with respect to both the quality of the preserved information and end-user convenience. Additionally, Dr. Gladney explains the requirements of the related software, and sketches how to implement it. Preserving Digital Information presents an up-to-date description of its field, together with a solution for all technical problems identified in the pertinent professional literature. It is for archivists, research librarians, and museum curators who need to understand digital technology in order to manage their institutions; software engineers and computer scientists whose work requires sound information about digital preservation; and attorneys, medical professionals, government officials, and business executives who depend on the long-term reliability of digital records.
  

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Contents

State of the Art
7
Economic Trends and Social Issues
23
Information Object Structure
53
Introduction to Knowledge Theory
56
Lessons from Scientific Philosophy
77
Trust and Authenticity
93
Describing Information Structure
109
Distributed Content Management
135
Everyday Digital Content Management
180
Digital Object Architecture for the Long Term
205
Durable BitStrings and Catalogs
209
Durable Evidence
219
Durable Representation
235
Peroration
250
Appendices
265
Bibliography
303

Digital Object Formats
138
Archiving Practices
163

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