Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 407.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 08:30:25 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <email@example.com>
Subject: the living dead on WWW
From the Free Online Scholarship newsletter
>From: Peter Suber <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2001 12:51:45 -0500
> Welcome to the Free Online Scholarship (FOS) Newsletter
> December 5, 2001
>The living dead problem
>In the November 27 _Los Angeles Times_, David Colker points out that
>sensitive information removed from the web to keep it from terrorists is
>still available in many web archives (e.g. the Wayback Machine) and search
>engine caches (e.g. Google's).
>David Colker, The Web Never Forgets
>Chris Sherman deserves credit for making the same point as early as
>The difficulty of total deletion of net content is only a problem for
>information that lends itself to abuse, like open discussions of security
>gaps at nuclear power plants. But for valuable content like FOS, it's a
>boon. The difficulty of total deletion is really a proof-of-concept for
>LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe), a strategy for long-term
>preservation that systematically caches content in a self-correcting P2P
>network. See FOSN for 6/25/01.
>The difficulty of total deletion has one more benefit for FOS. If you put
>an unrefereed preprint of your work on the web, well before the moment
>when you might assign the copyright to a journal, and then later publish a
>revised or unrevised version in a journal, the journal may ask you to
>remove the preprint from the web. You needn't comply; but even if you try
>to do so, the preprint will almost certainly survive in some freely
>accessible form. A recent thread of the September98 forum discussed the
>effect of this phenomenon on copyright negotiations.
>Thread name, "Copyright: Form, Content, and Prepublication Incarnations"
>(The topic is more explicit later in the thread than earlier.)
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