Let’s say you are not exactly bullish about digital preservation — you are skeptical about the feasibility of keeping digital items in a useful form into the future. Let’s say you do a lot of writing and publishing about your theory. Most of your work is digital of course.
If you are right, no one will know how right you are, because your work won’t live on.
If you are wrong, your wrong predictions will mock you from every digital repository and web archive.
I think the first scenario is unlikely unless your work never gets printed out and filed, or referred to in print publication. But it’s interesting to think about nonetheless. I’ve been thinking about this since Clay Shirky’s talk, and Eric alluded to this a little bit in his first post for IAG. Welcome, Eric!
A little Friday afternoon thought…
Merrilee Proffitt is Senior Manager andprovides project management skills and expert support to institutions within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.