Digital Preservation, Archival Science and Methodological Foundations for Digital Libraries

  title={Digital Preservation, Archival Science and Methodological Foundations for Digital Libraries},
  author={Seamus Ross},
  journal={New Review of Information Networking},
  pages={43 - 68}
  • S. Ross
  • Published 1 May 2012
  • Computer Science
  • New Review of Information Networking
Digital libraries, whether commercial, public, or personal, lie at the heart of the information society. Yet, research into their long-term viability and the meaningful accessibility of their contents remains in its infancy. In general, as we have pointed out elsewhere, “after more than twenty years of research in digital curation and preservation the actual theories, methods and technologies that can either foster or ensure digital longevity remain startlingly limited.” Research led by… 

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