Practical Digital Preservation: A How-To Guide for Organizations of Any Size (häftad)
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Practical Digital Preservation: A How-To Guide for Organizations of Any Size (häftad)

Practical Digital Preservation: A How-To Guide for Organizations of Any Size

Häftad Engelska, 2013-05-03
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A practical guide to the development and operation of digital preservations services for organizations of any size

Practical Digital Preservation offers a comprehensive overview of best practice and is aimed at the non-specialist, assuming only a basic understanding of IT. The book provides guidance as to how to implement strategies with minimal time and resources.

Digital preservation has become a critical issue for institutions of all sizes but until recently has mostly been the preserve of national archives and libraries with the resources, time and specialist knowledge available to experiment.

As the discipline matures and practical tools and information are increasingly available the barriers to entry are falling for smaller organizations which can realistically start to take active steps towards a preservation strategy. However, the sheer volume of technical information now available on the subject is becoming a significant obstacle and a straightforward guide is required to offer clear and practical solutions.

Each chapter in Practical Digital Preservation covers the essential building blocks of digital preservation strategy and implementation, leading the reader through the process.

International case studies from organizations such as the Wellcome Library, Central Connecticut State University Library in the USA and Gloucestershire Archives in the UK illustrate how real organizations have approached the challenges of digital preservation.

Key topics include:

Making the case for digital preservation
Understanding your requirements
Models for implementing a digital preservation service
Selecting and acquiring digital objects
Accessioning and ingesting digital objects
Describing digital objects
Preserving digital objects
Providing access to users
Future trends.
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While the content is geared toward libraries, museums, and archives that are producing and maintaining digital content, this book would also be beneficial for professionals outside these fields. Each chapter is organized in a meaningful way, and the entire book flows with a natural progression through the complex stages of digital preservation. There is not a lot of technical jargon and the concepts outlined can be applied to small or large organizations that have a variety of assets. The author does an excellent job presenting complicated content in a digestible way, and offers useful case studies throughout the book. Practical Digital Preservation is an excellent book for anyone working with and producing digital content. -- Library Resources and Technical Services

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Adrian Brown is Assistant Clerk of the Records at the Parliamentary Archives and has lectured and published widely on all aspects of digital preservation. He was previously Head of Digital Preservation at the National Archives where his team won the International Digital Preservation Award in 2007.


* making the case for digital preservation * understanding your requirements * models for implementing a digital preservation service * selecting and acquiring digital content.