Digital preservation is an issue of huge importance to the library and information profession right now. With the widescale adoption of the internet and the rise of the world wide web, the world has been overwhelmed by digital information. Digital data is being produced on a massive scale by individuals and institutions: some of it is born, lives and dies only in digital form, and it is the potential death of this data, with its impact on the preservation of culture, that is the concern of this book. So how can information professionals try to remedy this? Digital preservation is a complex issue involving many different aspects and views, and each chapter of this edited collection is written by an international expert on the topic. Many case studies and examples are used to ground the ideas and theories in real concerns and practice. The book will arm the information professional with the knowledge they need about these important and pressing issues, and give examples of best practice to help find solutions. Its chapters cover: key issues in digital preservation; strategies for digital preservation; the status of preservation metadata in the digital library community; web archiving; the costs of digital preservation; it's money that matters in long-term preservation; European approaches to digital preservation; and, digital preservation projects: case studies. This is an indispensable guide for information managers, librarians and archivists worldwide. Others in the information and culture world, such as museum curators, media professionals and web content providers, will also find it essential reading, as will students of digital culture on library and information studies courses and within other disciplines.
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