Why Does Digital Preservation Matter?

Why Does Digital Preservation Matter? by Bill LeFurgy

In conversations with professional colleagues, I find we rarely talk about “the why” of digital preservation. We take it as an article of faith that what we do is important, so much so that we worry that we should be doing more, saving more.

Sadness arises when we hear about loss, such as when a 1990s video game company executive says “all the source code for our games has disappeared along with all the e-mail and a lot of the design documentation.” Our collective mood swings to joy when we hear about successful efforts. When the British Library captures a large batch of websites documenting the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic games, for example, happiness reigns.

Source: The Signal

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