Creating disk images of born digital content: a case study comparing success rates of institutional versus private collections

Denise de Vries, Melanie Swalwell

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    Abstract

    Although libraries maintain collections of material on computer disks in climate controlled environments, a significant amount of digital heritage is in private collections. In this study we compared the outcomes of creating disk images of the State Library of South Australia’s born digital collections with those of a private collector to gauge the effect of long term storage conditions. The failure rates of both collections give cause for concern, and the results from the private collection are alarming.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)129-140
    Number of pages12
    JournalNew Review of Information Networking
    Volume21
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2016

    Keywords

    • digital heritage
    • Digital preservation
    • disk imaging

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