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The Email Explosion: safeguarding the literary correspondence of the twenty-first century The University of Manchester Library holds outstanding eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literary correspondence collections, relating to Samuel Johnson, Elizabeth Gaskell and others. These are a testament to the golden age of letter-writing. The Carcanet Press Email Preservation Project has ensured that some of the fruits of email’s golden age are similarly safeguarded for future generations. The...
DPA 2014: Conservation and Re-enactment of Digital Art Ready-Made, University of Freiburg and Rhizome
The preservation of, and especially the presentation of, complex, non-linear digital objects such as digital art or ancient computer environments has traditionally been a domain reserved for experts. Digital culture, however, is a broader phenomenon. In the instance of digital art, it could and should be easily accessible — however, this is often restricted by too much emphasis on traditional aura and exclusivity. Echoing the impact of digital technologies in many areas of culture, digital art...
Abstract from Victoria Sloyan's dissertation: "Providing access to born-digital archives is one area in the wider subject of digital preservation that remains underdeveloped in archival literature and discussion. This needs rectifying as there is little point preserving digital archives if they cannot then be meaningfully accessed by users. There are currently two predominant methods for providing access to born-digital archives: emulation and format conversion. Emulation provides access to...
Today's research as well as significant parts of cultural activity are conducted using electronic equipment, most notable computer systems and to some extent mobile electronic gadgets. Even more importantly, many born-digital assets are inextricably linked with their creation environment, which means that they require a specific runtime environment to be rendered and to restore their original utility, look-and-feel and performance. These runtime environments, however, are...
Virtualisation and Preservation: How cloud computing changes how we think about digital preservation
*Apologies for the poor sound quality in this recording - we are working on a new AV setup that will improve this for future sessions* Cloud-based approaches to storage and computing are having a profound impact on how individuals and agencies interact with computing resources. Desktop software and hard disk storage which tie users to a particular location and a fixed platform are rapidly being replaced by online services in which everything is available everywhere: computing power and data...