Sunday, February 9, 2014

Video: Why is digital preservation so difficult?

This week’s reading, Preservation in the age of Google by Paul Conway, discusses about sort of dilemmas for preservation of digital and information from different angles. The author demonstrates the environment dilemma, the quality dilemma, the nonbook dilemma and the expertise dilemma. It is quite interesting that the author focus on preservation of digital information, instead of digitalizing information. In David Giaretta’s lecture for CASPAR training, published on Feb 21st in 2013, the speaker mention a lot of difficulties for digital preservation.

The main idea of the lecture is that digital preservation undergoes several threats, which are related to financial and legal aspects, technological obsolescence and changes in environment and in the people knowledge base, trustworthiness of repositories.

Dr Giaretta was Associate Director for Development of the UK Digital Curation Centre. He then led a number of EU projects, closely linked to the APA, focused on digital preservation. These included CASPAR, which implemented much of the first APA research plan, addressing fundamental issues of digital preservation, producing infrastructure components and tools for preservation of all types of digitally encoded information together with evidence of their effectiveness.

David Giaretta. “Why Is Digital Preservation So Difficult?”. YouTube. 21 Feb. 2013. Web. 8 Feb. 2014.

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