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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday September 20 2020, @05:20PM   Printer-friendly
from the bitrot dept.

David Rosenthal discusses the last 25 years of digital preservation efforts in regards to academic journals. It's a long-standing problem and discontinued journals continue to disappear from the Internet. Paper, microfilm, and microfiche are slow to degrade and are decentralized and distributed. Digital media are quick to disappear and the digital publications are usually only in a single physical place leading to single point of failure. It takes continuous, unbroken effort and money to keep digital publications accessible even if only one person or institution wishes to retain acccess. He goes into the last few decades of academic publishing and how we got here and then brings up 4 points abuot preservation, especially in regards to Open Access publishing.

Lesson 1: libraries won't pay enough to preserve even subscription content, let alone open-access content.

[...] Lesson 2: No-one, not even librarians, knows where most of the at-risk open-access journals are.

[...] Lesson 3: The production preservation pipeline must be completely automated.

[...] Lesson 4: Don't make the best be the enemy of the good. I.e. get as much as possible with the available funds, don't expect to get everything.

He posits that focus should be on the preservation of the individual articles, not the journals as units.

(2020) Internet Archive Files Answer and Affirmative Defenses to Publisher Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
(2018) Vint Cerf: Internet is Losing its Memory
(2014) The Importance of Information Preservation

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 21 2020, @10:15AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 21 2020, @10:15AM (#1054325)

    You know the saying if it ain't broken don't fix it? So many things were great at first but everyone tries to 'fix' that which ain't broken to stay relevant instead of just leaving it alone and they end up just making everything worse.

    That's why you now have ADs on paid cable TV. It ain't broken but, hey, let's find a way to milk even more money out of everyone.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 21 2020, @10:17AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 21 2020, @10:17AM (#1054326)

    Also it's why copy protection laws kept on getting continuously extended and expanded. It wasn't 'broken' per say but the industry had to keep on selfishly lobbying to make the laws even more and more ridiculous to the point where now pretty much everyone hates these laws and they hate the industry for lobbying for them.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 21 2020, @10:21AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 21 2020, @10:21AM (#1054328)

      err .... per se *