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Web person at the Imperial War Museum, just completed PhD about digital sustainability in museums (the original motivation for this blog was as my research diary). Posting occasionally, and usually museum tech stuff but prone to stray. I welcome comments if you want to take anything further. These are my opinions and should not be attributed to my employer or anyone else (unless they thought of them too). Twitter: @jottevanger

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Museums and digital sustainability: the other meaning

Well, this is not an angle I'd considered before in my research (the sustainability of digital resources in museums, since you ask), but I guess it's interpretation of the problem:
Pirate Bay server becomes museum artefact
Whether the Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology will be sustaining the file-sharing service is another matter.
I guess, joking aside, that really does highlight the key difference between (my definitions of) sustaining and preserving: the latter is about keeping stuff in existence, the former about fulfilling their purpose.

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