NEDCC Preservation of Memory Conference
Speaker: Paul Conroy, University of Michigan
Lyman & Varian, "How Much Information", 2003
Preservation & Usability
[...] different things to different people
= the company & what it does
= the cultural metaphor
* Instant gratification
* Anonymous, unmediated
* "Essentialness of Digital Content"
* Rip, Mix & Burn: Repurposing digital content & sharing it
* Provides source material for new forms of scholarship
Waters & Garrett, "Preserving Digital Information", 1996
Levy, "Scrolling Forward", 2001 (response to above)
ACLS, "Our Cultural Commonwealth", 2006; Cyberinfrastructure vs Deep Infrastructure
Integrity to OAIS as a common international language (and ISO standard)
Trusted archive to certification - must be multifaceted
In this age of Google, how do we communicate trust?
Conway, "Preservation in the Digital World", 1996
- basic preservation principles endure
Environmental storage, reformatting, R&D, leadership & advocacy
- ARL has endorsed digitization as a preservation technique
Dilemmas for Preservation
- Is it really that complicated? (Yes!)
* Frequent interventions
* Format obsolescence
* Long time frames
* Instant access
* Faithful reproduction
- Success with enfironmental control: Is it actually working to our detriment?
- What difference are we really making? (are we seeing the uses & impacts we expected?)
- Back side of Moore's Law (as technology gets cheaper, people get more expensive)
- History ends in 1923 (copyright issues)
- Market Share
What is the way forward?
- Embrace the all-digital world
- Demand national action
- Support the online community
- Choose cost effectiveness
- Evaluate & report in a timely manner!
Prediction: We are heading for a total, digital heritage (backed by environmentally managed paper collections).