Long-Term Preservation of Digital Documents

Principles and Practices

Authors: Borghoff, U.M., Rödig, P., Scheffczyk, J., Schmitz, L.

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Key to our culture is that we can disseminate information, and then maintain and access it over time. While we are rapidly advancing from vulnerable physical solutions to superior, digital media, preserving and using data over the long term involves complicated research challenges and organization efforts.

Uwe Borghoff and his coauthors address the problem of storing, reading, and using digital data for periods longer than 50 years. They briefly describe several markup and document description languages like TIFF, PDF, HTML, and XML, explain the most important techniques such as migration and emulation, and present the OAIS (Open Archival Information System) Reference Model. To complement this background information on the technology issues the authors present the most relevant international preservation projects, such as the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, and experiences from sample projects run by the Cornell University Library and the National Library of the Netherlands. A rated survey list of available systems and tools completes the book.

With this broad overview, the authors address librarians who preserve our digital heritage, computer scientists who develop technologies that access data, and information managers engaged with the social and methodological requirements of long-term information access.

About the authors

Uwe Borghoff is a full professor of computer science at the University of the Armed Forces (UniBwM), Munich, Germany. Prior to this, he worked at Xerox Research Centre Europe in Grenoble, France, where he led the coordination technologies group.

Peter Rödig (UniBwM) is developing methods for long-term preservation of digital data. Related research interests include document engineering and database technologies.

Jan Scheffczyk (UniBwM) is researching issues such as consistency maintenance in document engineering, long-term preservation of digital data, and software engineering.

Lothar Schmitz is a lecturer at the UniBwM, and his research interests include software engineering and long-term preservation of digital data.

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"The book examines the problem of storing, reading and using digital documents for periods longer than 50 years. … is user friendly and well structured with a pleasant layout. It is accessible to different user groups, and targets a broad audience including archivists, records managers, librarians, computer scientists and information managers – anyone interested in the long-term preservation of digital documents. … this book can be recommended as necessary reading for all students and professionals in the field of information management." (Tony Rodrigues, Online Information Review, Vol. 31 (6), 2008)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Long-Term Preservation of Digital Documents
Book Subtitle
Principles and Practices
Authors
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-33640-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-33640-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-33639-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-07017-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 274
Number of Illustrations and Tables
67 b/w illustrations
Topics