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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Gunter Waibel on DAMS and digital preservation

GW making the point that DAMS is NOT digital preservation, although many museums see them as equivalent. A quote from his chapter in a forthcoming book:
"Since commercial DAMS systems are created with the intent to manage present-day digital files for use rather than for posterity, a conservative view of their capability to preserve digital files according to established standards seems prudent. Rather than a silver bullet solution, the DAMS could be seen as a museum’s first major point of engagement with the thorny issues of digital preservation. Beyond all other obvious benefits to museum operations, implementing a DAMS is a first step towards better stewardship of digital assets, which may develop into a full-blown institutional digital preservation strategy down the line."

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