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

Roland, L. & 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

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled 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
Divisions: School of Informatics > Department of Information Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3186

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