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Title: Distributed archives, content from the past, content for the future
Author: Ludovico, Alessandro
Keywords: archiving
printed media
universal access
Issue Date: 31-Jan-2011
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Citation: Ludovico, Alessandro (2010). "Archivos distribuidos, contenido del pasado, contenido para el futuro". Artnodes, 2010, Vol. 0, num 10
Abstract: The web (paradoxically similarly to a human being) is particularly fond of its own age and much less so regarding what happened before its birth. Historical events, news, documents and cultural artefact at large since 1994 to the present are way easier to find than the ones antecedent to the middle nineties; the earlier the worse, and the later the better. It seems that the web reflects more and more a structure like a river flow, always heading to its mouth, more than remembering when and where its own water started to flow or even before that. So even if the late 1990s and 2000s are quite well covered, there¿s a tangible historical vacuum in the chaos of online archived information. And this is evident when you need to do serious research beyond the culture classics with a substantial lack of information freely available. Probably because online giants are aware of this cultural gap, they think that the final establishment of the web¿s reputation as a universally trusted medium goes through the migration in the online form of traditional media, and this means to let people access what they used to trust more: printed. Now its digitalization seems to add a distinctive quality to (trusted) printed media: being universally accessible. But digitalizing printed sources is a big task, a massive effort in trying to archive printed content and make them readable online. In the endless debate about the future of print, it can be felt as the final passage from the printed to the digital form: when even the most obscure printed titles will be available in a digital form, will there be anybody left who will still need print? And digitalizing means also to make a copy of the original printed material and possibly storing it online. But actually we should ask ourselves: can this be properly defined as ¿archiving¿?
Language: English
ISSN: 1695-5951MIAR
Appears in Collections:2010, n. 10
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