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Revisiting Digital Preservation - A Tale of Two Undergraduate Majors

Nov 6, 2017 10:30:00 AM by John Mancini

I will admit that I was an economics and history double-major as an undergraduate.

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As for the history major, Wikipedia says “Historians are concerned with the continuous, methodical narrative and research of past events as relating to the human race; as well as the study of all history in time.” Haha. No hubris there at all.

The history major perhaps explains why I am so intrigued by the question of digital preservation. There are so many aspects of digital preservation that are important to me as a history major – things like “digital memory” and “preserving our cultural heritage” and libraries and formal archives.

All of which I love. All of which we at AIIM and I personally have tried to advocate for. And will continue to do so.

Digital Preservation is More than Archives

But moving forward, I’d like us to also adopt the mindset of an economics major with regards to digital preservation. Because truth be told, in the rush to digitize, we’ve left a lot of business risk on the table – and also failed to capitalize on the potential value that resides in all of that dark data hidden away in archives.

Find out more in my new Tip Sheet -- A Tale of Two Undergraduate Majors. I think you'll find it thought-provoking.

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Topics: digital preservation, information governance, electronic records management

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