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Issue No. 03 - March (2001 vol. 34)
ISSN: 0018-9162
pp: 24-28
<p>Preserving digital information is a problem plagued by short media life, obsolete hardware and software, slow read times of old media, and defunct Web sites. The paradox is: We want to maintain digital information intact, but we also want to be able to access this information in a dynamic use context.</p> <p>Chen explains that we lack proven methods to ensure that the digital information will continue to exist, that we will be able to access this information using improved technology tools, or that accessible information is authentic and reliable.</p> <p>The author asserts that failing to address the problems of preserving information in digital form is analogous to fostering cultural and intellectual poverty and squandering potential long-term gains that we should rightfully receive as a return on our professional, personal, and economic investments in information technology. Finding a solution to the tension between the creation context and the use context constitutes an important challenge.</p>
Su-Shing Chen, "The Paradox of Digital Preservation", Computer, vol. 34, no. , pp. 24-28, March 2001, doi:10.1109/2.910890
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