Digital Preservation

  In the reading, digital preservation is a ever growing challenge in industry and trend. The same technological advances we all face and share information from and to pose some mordern challenges states Levi. The window of opportunity for preserving information isn’t as broad as anyone would like, because substantial volume of the digitally born information has already been lost and the pace of it increased daily. Levi explained that, the current systems we have and use daily are not suffient for instance libraries andd the information center has digital asset are being managed. Those system weren’t designed with the preservation of digital knowledge in mind. This  go back to when we, were discussing in class about the meaning of privelege and access with out barriers. STEFFON WILSON

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3 responses to “Digital Preservation

  1. The Importance of Preserving Paper-Based Artifacts in A Digital Age, by Robert Bee, discusses the issue of maintaining a sense of history through the preservation of original paper documents. Books, newspapers, comic books, journals, pamphlets, diaries, accounting ledgers, attendance records, birth records, death certificates, tickets to ball games, tickets to the movies, report cards, baseball cards, birthday cards, award certificates, diplomas…all provide a link to the past. The medium in which the printed material presents itself with various graphics, colors, design features emboldened on a cover or book jacket, for example, can all be lost in the transfer of that material from a paper product to a microfilm version or a digital version. The written information , the text in itself, can easily be transferable but the encompassing product can never be duplicated. Bee continues to write that even the printed word sometimes fails to find its path to the microfilm or digital version and somehow is lost in translation. The dilemma Bee writes about is how to find an adequate solution to preserve all paper-based products in the original package because each paper product provides a historical timeline to our past.

    Actually, before I read this article I did not realize how important preservation technology was in the restoration of all types of print material. Even with microfilm and digitalization of the massive print material, voluminous works on paper disappear. Librarians certainly have their work cut out for them. Preserving works in their original form, be it print or in digital format is not only an art, in itself, but a permanent note in our American history.

    Question: How are original paper literature and various print artifacts actually preserved? Paper decomposes eventually. I’d like to see the process. Where can one go? Are there national archives of our past printed material?
    Colleen

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