Tue, 12 March 2013
Adrian Brown and James Lappin talk about digital preservation, and its relevance to the information challenges faced by organisations
Adrian Brown is head of digital preservation and access at the Parliament Archives here in the UK. His book 'Practical digital preservation- a how-to guide for organisations of any size' will be published in the UK and US this May.
Adrian talks of a 'blurring of the bourndary' between digital objects (.doc, .jpeg, .xls etc.) and the applications that they are held in. Key information about these digital objects are held by the applications. Digital preservation has had some success in tackling the problem of how to preserve the file formats of the objects themselves. Now it faces a more complex problem: how do we preserve the information that an application has about the objects it holds? How do we enable digital objects to move from one application to another without losing that information?
Adrian describes different models for digital repositories, and different ways of tackling the preservation issues arising from a complex application such as a Building Management System.