A global issue: preservation of digital objects
Hofman, Hans (Johannes) (2002) A global issue: preservation of digital objects. In Proceedings International Conference on Conservation and Digital Preservation of Archives and Records, pages 59-76, Seoul, Korea.
Much has been written and discussed about the preservation of digital information, objects or records. There is a plethora of projects and initiatives in this area trying to find solutions for the problem that digital information is volatile, intangible and mutable. Existing preservation methods as for paper do not longer suffice and new and innovative approaches and methods have to be developed. It is experienced not only in traditional memory organisations as archival institutions, libraries, and museums, but also in broadcasting companies, institutions with audio-visual collections, entertainment industry, business companies such as pharmaceutical or petrochemical industry, research institutions with huge amounts of scientific data and so on. Everybody that produces digital information and has an interest in preserving it for a certain period has to face the issue how this can be achieved and that becomes more difficult the longer this information has to be preserved. In other words the issue of digital preservation is not limited to one organisation, or a certain domain like memory organisations, or a country, it is really a global issue that everybody in this field is trying to deal with.