Partners for Preservation

Jan 2019 | 240pp

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Partners for Preservation
Advancing digital preservation through cross-community collaboration

Edited by Jeanne Kramer-Smyth

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Foreword by Nancy McGovern, Director of Digital Preservation, MIT Libraries

Who could be partners to archivists working in digital preservation?

This book features chapters from international contributors from diverse backgrounds and professions discussing their challenges with and victories over digital problems that share common issues with those facing digital preservationists. 

The only certainty about technology is that it will change. The speed of that change, and the ever increasing diversity of digital formats, tools, and platforms, will present stark challenges to the long-term preservation of digital records. Archivists are frequently challenged by the technical expertise, subject matter knowledge, time, and resource requirements needed to solve the broad set of challenges sure to be faced by the archival profession. Partners for Preservation advocates the need for archivists to recruit partners and learn lessons from across diverse professions to work more effectively within the digital landscape.

Includes discussion of:

  • the internet of things
  • digital architecture
  • research data and collaboration
  • open source programming
  • privacy, memory and transparency
  • inheritance of digital media.

Readership: This book will be useful reading for professional archivists and others responsible for digital preservation, students of archival studies and digital preservation.

About the authors
1.  Inheritance of digital media - Edina Harbinja
2. Curbing the online assimilation of personal information - Paulan Korenhof
3. The rise of computer-assisted reporting: challenges and successes - Brant Houston
4. Link rot, reference rot and the thorny problems of legal citation - Ellie Margolis
5. The Internet of Things: the risks and impacts of ubiquitous computing - Éireann Leverett
6. Accurate digital colour reproduction on displays: from hardware design to software features
Abhijit Sarkar
7. Historical building information model (BIM)+: sharing, preserving and reusing architectural design data - Ju Hyun Lee and Ning Gu
8. Preparing and releasing official statistical data - Natalie Shlomo
9. Sharing research data, data standards and improving opportunities for creating visualisations - Vetria Byrd
10. Open source, version control and software sustainability - Ildikó Vancsa

'This collection of writings by scholars in information science, computer science and law goes beyond making a case for collaboration in digital preservation with experts outside the GLAM community. It inspires records and archives professionals to think about their own concepts and principles from different perspectives; to develop a deeper understanding of the issues they encounter in their own work; and to be creative in the way they look at the material in their care. This is why it is a must-read for any professional who is responsible for the digital future.'
- Luciana Duranti, Professor of Archival Studies, The University of British Columbia

'This work introduces a refreshing and much needed approach to digital preservation. It tackles the contemporary societal themes that are deeply ingrained in digital records making and use, and from those it invites digital archivists and preservationists to think through solutions. By addressing the immediacy, the urgency and the many unforeseen consequences of digital information, each chapter reminds us of the need to  evolve in theory and in practice dynamically in relation to technological and social changes.' 
- Maria Esteva, Data Curator, Texas Advanced Computing Center, University of Texas at Austin


Jeanne Kramer-Smyth has been an archivist with the World Bank Group Archives since 2011. She earned her Masters of Library Science from the Archives, Records and Information Management Program at the University of Maryland iSchool after a 20 year career as a software developer designing relational databases, creating custom database software and participating in web based software development. She is the author of Spellbound Blog where she has published dozens of essays exploring the intersection of archives, technology, metadata, visualization and the web.


Vetria Byrd
, Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University; Ning Gu, University of South Australia; Edina Harbinja, University of Hertfordshire; Brant Houston,  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;  Paulan Korenhof, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society; Ju Hyun Lee, University of South Australia; Éireann Leverett computer security expert; Ellie Margolis, Temple University; Abhijit Sakar, Microsoft; Natalie Shlomo, University of Manchester; Ildikó Vancsa, OpenStack Foundation.

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