Title

Designing the Born-Digital Archive

Meeting name

"Time Will Tell, But Epistemology Won't: In Memory of Richard Rorty:” A Symposium to Celebrate Richard Rorty's Archive

Meeting location

UC Irvine

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

5-14-2010

Description

Light spoke generally about the major issues facing archivists who manage born digital records and how the UCI Libraries responded when providing access to the Richard Rorty papers. She discussed the challenges, such as dealing with rapid technological change, ensure present and future accessibility of legacy files, managing privacy and copyrights, guaranteeing the authenticity and integrity of files, preventing loss and destruction, and selecting the most important material for preservation. She also discussed numerous decisions archivists make that impact the future archive, such as emulation or preservation of the original computing environment, the organization of files, the migration of materials to new formats, and human or machine-generated description of the materials. She concluded with a description of the UCI Libraries' Digital Scholarship Service, which endeavors to help faculty manage their digital research for future generations.

Keywords

Archives; Born digital manuscripts; Digital libraries; Digital preservation; Electronic information resources; Electronic records; Floppy disks – Preservation; Preservation of floppy disks; Richard Rorty papers; Virtual reading room

Disciplines

Archival Science | Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science