Towards a Definition of Digital Information Preservation Object

  • Hugo Quisbert
  • Margarita Korenkova
  • Ann Hägerfors

In this paper, we discuss long-term digital preservation from an information perspective, rather than the predominant approaches; the Archival and the Technocratic Approach. Information lives longer than people, tools (software) and organizations live. The Information Continuum Model provides support for this standpoint. However, we find that there exists no concept to support practical action in preservation from the information perspective. Existing concepts as information object, digital object, preservation object, electronic record, information package and significant properties are context dependent and focus on the object to be preserved, rather than preservation of information. Consequently, they are not suitable for realizing the information perspective in long-term digital preservation. The concept of Digital Information Preservation Object is therefore introduced and a tentative definition of the concept is presented.


Digital Library Digital Object Electronic Record International Standard Organization Digital Preservation 
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  • Hugo Quisbert
  • Margarita Korenkova
  • Ann Hägerfors

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