January 24, 2022

New Preprint: "Practical Limits to the Scope of Digital Preservation" by Mike Kastellec

A new preprint from Information Technology and Libraries.

Title: “Practical Limits to the Scope of Digital Preservation” (16 pages; PDF)

Author: Mike Kastellec
Libraries Fellow, North Carolina State University Libraries

From the Abstract:

This paper examines factors that limit the ability of institutions to digitally preserve the cultural heritage of the modern era. The author takes a wide-ranging approach to shed light on limitations to the scope of digital preservation. The author finds that technological limitations to digital preservation have been addressed but still exist, and that non-technical aspects— access, selection, law, and finances— move into the foreground as technological limitations recede. The author proposes a nested model of constraints to the scope of digital preservation and concludes that costs are digital preservation’s most pervasive limitation.

Direct to Full Text Preprint (16 pages; PDF)

Information Technology and Libraries is published by LITA (ibrary and Information Technology Association)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.