Limits to the Scope of Digital Preservation

Mike Kastellec from the North Carolina State University Libraries just released a pre-print of a new article titled, “Practical Limits to the Scope of Digital Preservation.” As stated in his abstract, “technological limitations to digital preservation have been addressed but still exist, and that non-technical aspects— access, selection, law, and finances— move into the foreground as technological limitations recede. The author proposes a nested model of constraints to the scope of digital preservation and concludes that costs are digital preservation’s most pervasive limitation.”

http://www.lita.org/ala/mgrps/divs/lita/publications/ital/prepub/kastellec.pdf

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2 responses to “Limits to the Scope of Digital Preservation

  1. I’d love to hear what you thought of the article. -Mike

    • I enjoyed your article. I think we all have a tendency to get bogged down with the technical issues, with the hopeful thought that the issues of access, law, and selection will get solved along the way. And I agree that there needs to be more discussion about long-term financial and structural support for digital preservation programs – without long term support, all of our hard work today may vanish tomorrow. But if we put aside the technology issues and focus on the access, law, and selection issues – will we lose out on taking advantage of new technologies that could prove helpful?

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