- 11th Sep 2015
Is Digital Different?: How information creation, capture, preservation and discovery are being transformed
Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the University of Washington, Director of the Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership program, Academic Director for the Masters in Infrastructure Planning and Management in the Urban Planning Department of the School of Built Environments and was named Department Fellow at Aberyswyth University Wales (2012). Michael Moss is professor of archival science at the University of Northumbria. Previously, he was research professor in archival studies in the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute at the University of Glasgow, where he directed the Information Management and Preservation MSc programme. He is a non-executive director of the National Records of Scotland and until 2014 a member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Council on National Archives and Records. In 2015 he was Miegunyah distinguished fellow at the University of Melbourne. Marc J. Dupuis, Ph.D., is a researcher and lecturer with the University of Washington as well as the Director of Human Factors for the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC). His main focus is on understanding the information security behaviour of individuals, including issues related to decision making and the user experience.
An exemplary concluding chapter on digital humanities scholarship nicely contrasts the paper era with research methodologies currently on the rise in the digital space, including those involving Big Data.
Against the Grain (Library of Michigan)
Is Digital Different? achieves what it sets out to do, which is to present the opportunities and challenges of digital for archives cultural heritage institutions and should form part of any students' or practitioners' library. The editors should be commended for compiling such an interesting collection of essays.
Archives and Records (The National Archives)
This is a useful compilation of many of the important considerations of how to manage digital content in the present environment.
Technical Services Quarterly
I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to read a book and to learn, unlearn and relearn. As a professional in the field, I found the 180-pages of the book to be an enthralling read. Each chapter took me somewhere, and either exposed me to something new, for instance the world of libraries and their scenarios, or alternatively reaffirmed current information management thoughts .... In conclusion, it's a worthwhile read.
This is an interesting book that deserves to be read by all information and IT professionals.
Alexandria (University of Oxford)
I would highly recommend this book as an introduction to this topic. The authors' coverage of the subjects is clear and easily understood. The objective way material is presented guarantees the reader will be excited by the promise of digital, while appreciating the challenges or limitations of the format. It is also worth a read if you are interested in placing digital initiatives into a broader professional or historical context. The complex content is presented in an approachable yet thorough manner, giving the reader a chance to reflect on how new technologies may influence their own practice. No matter your knowledge level on the topic you are guaranteed to learn something new from this book.
Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries (MSU Libraries, Michigan State University)