Advanced Digital Preservation

  • David Giaretta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
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  3. Theory – The Concepts and Techniques Which Are Essential for Preserving Digitally Encoded Information

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  4. Practice – Use and Validation of the Tools and Techniques that Can Be Used for Preserving Digitally Encoded Information

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  5. Is Money Well Spent? Cutting the Cost and Making Sure Money Is Not Wasted

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 483-510

About this book


There is growing recognition of the need to address the fragility of digital information, on which our society heavily depends for smooth operation in all aspects of daily life. This has been discussed in many books and articles on digital preservation, so why is there a need for yet one more? Because, for the most part, those other publications focus on documents, images and webpages – objects that are normally rendered to be simply displayed by software to a human viewer. Yet there are clearly many more types of digital objects that may need to be preserved, such as databases, scientific data and software itself.

David Giaretta, Director of the Alliance for Permanent Access,  and his contributors explain why the tools and techniques used for preserving rendered objects are inadequate for all these other types of digital objects, and they provide the concepts, techniques and tools that are needed. The book is structured in three parts. The first part is on theory, i.e., the concepts and techniques that are essential for preserving digitally encoded information. The second part then shows practice, i.e., the use and validation of these tools and techniques. Finally, the third part concludes by addressing how to judge whether money is being well spent, in terms of effectiveness and cost sharing.

Various examples of digital objects from many sources are used to explain the tools and techniques presented. The presentation style mainly aims at practitioners in libraries, archives and industry who are either directly responsible for preservation or who need to prepare for audits of their archives. Researchers in digital preservation and developers of preservation tools and techniques will also find valuable practical information here. Researchers creating digitally encoded information of all kinds will also need to be aware of these topics so that they can help to ensure that their data is usable and can be valued by others now and in the future.

To further assist the reader, the book is supported by many hours of videos and presentations from the CASPAR project and by a set of open source software.


CASPAR Cultural Heritage Digital Heritage Digital Libraries Digital Preservation Information Science Library Science OAIS

Authors and affiliations

  • David Giaretta
    • 1
  1. 1.STFC and Alliance for Permanent AccessYetminsterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-16808-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-16809-3
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