Preserving Digital Information / Edition 1

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Cultural history enthusiasts have asserted the urgent need to protect digital information from imminent loss. This book describes methodology for long-term preservation of all kinds of digital documents. It justifies this methodology using 20th century theory of knowledge communication, and outlines the requirements and architecture for the software needed. The author emphasizes attention to the perspectives and the needs of end users.

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"The book provides a wide range of examples that illustrate the various types of information. It is for producers and users who may be interested in long-term archiving and retrieval of digital information. This book states that today there is no single solution that will work for the many kinds of digital information being used by many different users. … Gladney is an expert on this subject, and this book offers a thorough treatment of it." (Stan Kurkovsky, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (8), August, 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540378860
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 3/12/2007
  • Edition description: 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry M. Gladney is an industry consultant for digital preservation and document management. In 2001, he founded his own company, HMG Consulting, based in Saratoga, CA, after having worked for IBM Research for decades, designing – among other systems – a digital library service that is the core of today's IBM Content Manager®. He is a regular author in the top ACM periodicals, holds eleven patents, and produces the "Digital Document Quarterly", an online newsletter that has discussed preservation extensively.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Digital Preservation - Why Do We Need it— 1) State of the Art - 2) Economic Trends and Social Issues Part II: Information Object Structure 3) Introduction to Knowledge Theory - 4) Lessons from Scientific Philosophy - 5) Truth and Authenticity - 6) Describing Information Structure Part III: Distributed Content Management 7) Digital Object Formats - 8) Archiving Practices - 9) Everyday Digital Content Management Part IV: Digital Object Architecture for the Long Term 10) Durable Bit-Strings and Catalogs - 11) Durable Evidence - 12) Durable Representation Part V: Peroration 11) Assessment of the Future

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