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Partners for Preservation: Advancing digital preservation through cross-community collaboration


Who could be partners to archivists working in digital preservation? This book features chapters from international contributors from diverse backgrounds and professions discussing their challenges with and victories over digital problems that share common issues with those facing digital preservationists.
The only certainty about technology is that it will change. The speed of that change, and the ever increasing diversity of digital formats, tools, and platforms, will present stark challenges to the long-term preservation of digital records. Archivists are frequently challenged by the technical expertise, subject matter knowledge, time, and resource requirements needed to solve the broad set of challenges sure to be faced by the archival profession. Partners for Preservation advocates the need for archivists to recruit partners and learn lessons from across diverse professions to work more effectively within the digital landscape.
Includes discussion of:

  • the internet of things
  • digital architecture
  • research data and collaboration
  • open source programming
  • privacy, memory and transparency
  • inheritance of digital media.

This book will be useful reading for professional archivists and others responsible for digital preservation, students of archival studies and digital preservation.

About the authors Foreword Introduction PART I: MEMORY, PRIVACY AND TRANSPARENCY 1. Inheritance of digital media - Edina Harbinja 2. Curbing the online assimilation of personal information - Paulan Korenhof 3. The rise of computer-assisted reporting: challenges and successes - Brant Houston 4. Link rot, reference rot and the thorny problems of legal citation - Ellie MargolisPART II: THE PHYSICAL WORLD: OBJECTS, ART AND ARCHITECTURE 5. The Internet of Things: the risks and impacts of ubiquitous computing - Éireann Leverett 6. Accurate digital colour reproduction on displays: from hardware design to software features - Abhijit Sarkar 7. Historical building information model (BIM)+: sharing, preserving and reusing architectural design data - Ju Hyun Lee and Ning GuPART III: DATA AND PROGRAMMING 8. Preparing and releasing official statistical data - Natalie Shlomo 9. Sharing research data, data standards and improving opportunities for creating visualisations - Vetria Byrd 10. Open source, version control and software sustainability - Ildikó Vancsa Aftermath Index

Jeanne Kramer-Smyth has been an archivist with the World Bank Group Archives for five years. She earned her Masters of Library Science from the Archives, Records and Information Management Program at the University of Maryland iSchool after a 20 year career as a software developer designing relational databases, creating custom database software and participating in web based software development. She is the author of Spellbound Blog where she has published dozens of essays exploring the intersection of archives, technology, metadata, visualization and the web.

'Comprised of ten erudite, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking essays, Partners for Preservation: Advancing digital preservation through cross-community collaboration is especially and unreservedly recommended to the attention of professional archivists and others responsible for digital preservation, as well as students of archival studies and digital preservation.'

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