Partners for Preservation

Nov 2018 | 224pp

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Partners for Preservation
Advancing digital preservation through cross-community collaboration

Edited by Jeanne Kramer-Smyth

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.

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

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.

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