Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 799. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2020-04-24 08:02:36+00:00 From: Norman Gray
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.780: on using academia.edu François, hello. On 19 Apr 2020, at 8:47, Humanist wrote: > I recently fell victim to the disappearance of browser support > (plug-in) for > Shockwave. [...] > I raise this because what needs to be archived is not only the > resource but > the means to playback. > > Do we need a wayback and playback machine? Indeed! This is a very good illustration of the observation that digital preservation is not just about preserving the bits (though that is a problem which now, it seems, is deemed largely solved, albeit by the application of surprisingly large amounts of money). Preserving information about formats, and preserving the means to read them, are distinct next steps in digital preservation: what is the documentation for the Flash format? Do you have a program that can interpret the format? Do you have a machine that program can run on? The Digital Preservation Coalition  is the consortium of large libraries, including national libraries and archives, which coordinates this  (the Internet Archive is an associate member). I used to know a bit about this. The document at  might have some more pointers, though it comes at this from a very specific angle, and is now quite old (though I was quite pleased with this document at the time). Incidentally (looking at the URI for , and linking a couple of recent threads), https://purl.org is a thing. And indeed a Good Thing. It's a thing which is currently looked after by the Internet Archive. Best wishes, Norman  https://www.dpconline.org  https://www.dpconline.org/about/members  https://purl.org/nxg/projects/mrd-gw/report -- Norman Gray : https://nxg.me.uk SUPA School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, UK _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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