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Paper vs. Electronic: The Not-So-Final Battle - by Jennifer Wright

Paper vs. Electronic: The Not-So-Final Battle - by Jennifer Wright | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A common inquiry I receive from Smithsonian staff is whether it is better to keep their files in electronic or paper format.  The best answer to this question is "it depends."  There are several factors to consider.
1)      How long do the files need to be kept?

2)       Does one format have more value than the other?

3)      Is one format easier to use?

4)      In what format are the majority of the records already?

 

Photo: Jeanne Benas, by Strauss, Richard, 1990, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 90-877-11A.

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The right questions to ask when deciding about keeping records or archives

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Emerald | OCLC Systems & Services | Forensics of digital librarianship

Emerald | OCLC Systems & Services | Forensics of digital librarianship | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

MT @emeraldlibrary: OCLC journal article looks at the 'Forensics of digital librarianship' http://t.co/fALPtqdi #archives #libraries...

"Purpose – This paper seeks to examine important issues relating to digital preservation with a focus on file integrity and digital forensics.

Design/methodology/approach – This is a viewpoint paper.

Findings – This paper highlights important issues relating to digital preservation and offers suggestions on comprehensive approaches to achieving a high level of integrity with library digital repositories.

Practical implications – Libraries have always had as a part of their core mission the preservation of information and cultural heritage. The seriousness with which the challenges associated with digital preservation are met will determine the reputation of libraries as continuing to be a reliable preserver of cultural heritage and research data.

Social implications – Libraries play an important role in cultural heritage and preservation of research data. This role is manifested both generally and specifically within the academic context. It is important that libraries stay at the forefront of developing reliable means for digital preservation.

Originality/value – Several means of achieving a high degree of reliability in the area of digital preservation are suggested. If these and similar ideas suggested from others in the field are followed, it will assist libraries in maintaining a reputation as reliable preservers of cultural heritage and as important players in twenty-first century research endeavors."

 

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In praise of archivists - much our shared history is captured only on paper in storage facilities

In praise of archivists - much our shared history is captured only on paper in storage facilities | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We have become all too accustomed to thinking that the full spectrum of human knowledge is at our fingertips, that a swift Google search is all that stands between us and an infinite store of information.

But the release of a trove of documents from the Military Service Pensions Collection (MSPC) demonstrates the fallacy behind this notion – the accumulated stories, data and evidence add so much detail to the narrative of this State’s difficult birth, and serves as a useful reminder that so much of our shared history is preserved in analogue, captured only on paper in storage facilities."

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The important work of archivists!

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