Preparing for the age of the digital palimpsest

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Show simple item record Bengtson, Jason A. 2016-04-18T21:10:20Z 2016-04-18T21:10:20Z 2012-08-31
dc.description Citation: Jason Bengtson, (2012) "Preparing for the age of the digital palimpsest", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 30 Iss: 3, pp.513 - 522
dc.description.abstract Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to define and stimulate interest in a potential new specialty within the information science field. Design/methodology/approach: Sources on digital forensics and digital archeology are discussed, and the topic is examined critically from a librarian perspective. The author examines the possibility of an information science specialty pursuing the reconstruction of “digital palimpsests”, where data that later becomes historically significant has been deleted or partially overwritten on digital media. Findings: The author identifies at least one key incident (the NASA moon landing tapes) where this potential field has already started to be defined. Examination of the literature indicates that emphasis in data recovery to this point has centered on the needs of law enforcement and disaster recovery rather than on the considerations of manuscript preservation, recovery, and curation. The author emphasizes the need for librarians to bring together the skills of multiple fields, especially that of information technology, in order to shape the tools needed to take the lead in “digital palimpsest” recovery. Originality/value: The author asserts that the recovery of “digital palimpsests” will become important as digital archives age and society's position on what has historical value inevitably shifts. The author further asserts that members of the information science field must actively work to take ownership of the field before it is subsumed by information technology or another discipline less equipped to manage its nebulous considerations effectively. en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
dc.subject Information technology
dc.subject Informatics
dc.subject Preservation
dc.subject Digital forensics
dc.subject Data curation
dc.subject Palimpsest
dc.title Preparing for the age of the digital palimpsest
dc.type Article 2012
dc.citation.doi 10.1108/07378831211266636
dc.citation.epage 522
dc.citation.issn 0737-8831
dc.citation.issue 3
dc.citation.jtitle Library Hi Tech
dc.citation.spage 513
dc.citation.volume 30
dc.contributor.authoreid jbengtson

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