The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation

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Trevor Owens has posted on his blog the draft of his forthcoming book, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation: An Introduction (to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press). 

See the introduction and conclusion, and the table of contents.

For an overview of the book, see

Excerpt: As a guidebook and an introduction, this text is a synthesis of extensive reading, research, writing, and speaking on the subject of digital preservation. It is grounded in my work on digital preservation at the Library of Congress and before that, working on digital humanities projects at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.  The first section of the book synthesizes work on the history of preservation in a range of areas (archives, manuscripts, recorded sound, etc.) and sets that history in dialog with work in new media studies, platform studies, and media archeology. The later chapters build from this theoretical framework as a basis for an iterative process for the practice of doing digital preservation.