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The Future of History: Investigating the Preservation of Information in the Digital Age

Roland, L. and Bawden, D. (2012). The Future of History: Investigating the Preservation of Information in the Digital Age. Library & Information History, 28(3), pp. 220-236. doi: 10.1179/1758348912Z.00000000017

Abstract

Abstract This study investigates the challenges of preserving information in the digital age, and explores how this may affect the future of historical knowledge. The study is based on a series of semi-structured interviews with forty-one historians, archivists, librarians, and web researchers. While the results reject the idea of a single ‘digital black hole’ in historical records, they emphasize the importance of the issue for the future of history, and the complexity of the solutions to be adopted. The need for planning, for education, and for cooperation between historians and the information professions is also emphasized.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: digital preservation, digital curation, future of history, historians, historical records, provenance, born-digital material, Twitter
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Library & Information Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3186
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