The contributors, including David Nicholas, Valerie Johnson, Tim Gollins and Scott David, focus on the opportunities and challenges afforded by this new environment that is transforming the information landscape in ways that were scarcely imaginable a decade ago and is challenging the very existence of the traditional library and archive as more and more resources become available on line and as computers and supporting networks become more and more powerful.
By drawing on examples of the impact of other new and emerging technologies on the information sciences in the past, the book emphasises that information systems have always been shaped by available technologies that have transformed the creation, capture, preservation and discovery of content.
Key topics covered include: Search in the digital environmentRDF and the semantic webCrowd sourcing and engagement between institutions and individualsDevelopment of information management systemSecurity: managing online riskLong term curation and preservationRights and the CommonsFinding archived records in the digital age. Is Digital Different? illustrates the ways in which the digital environment has the potential to transform scholarship and break down barriers between the academy and the wider community, and draws out both the inherent challenges and the opportunities for information professionals globally.
Readership: This book will be of particular to students, particularly those on information studies programs, and academics, researchers and archivists globally.
Publisher: Facet Publishing
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 173 g
Dimensions: 233 x 159 x 14 mm
Is Digital Different? achieves what it sets out to do, which is to present the opportunities and challenges of digital for archives cultural heritage institutions and should form part of any students' or practitioners' library. The editors should be commended for compiling such an interesting collection of essays.
-- Anthea Seles * Archives and Records *
This is a useful compilation of many of the important considerations of how to manage digital content in the present environment. * Technical Services Quarterly *
I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to read a book and to learn, unlearn and relearn. As a professional in the field, I found the 180-pages of the book to be an enthralling read. Each chapter took me somewhere, and either exposed me to something new, for instance the world of libraries and their scenarios, or alternatively reaffirmed current information management thoughts .... In conclusion, it's a worthwhile read.
-- Tim Newbegin * IQ *
This is an interesting book that deserves to be read by all information and IT professionals.
-- Lucile Desligne`res * Alexandria *
I would highly recommend this book as an introduction to this topic. The authors' coverage of the subjects is clear and easily understood. The objective way material is presented guarantees the reader will be excited by the promise of digital, while appreciating the challenges or limitations of the format. It is also worth a read if you are interested in placing digital initiatives into a broader professional or historical context. The complex content is presented in an approachable yet thorough manner, giving the reader a chance to reflect on how new technologies may influence their own practice. No matter your knowledge level on the topic you are guaranteed to learn something new from this book.
-- Abraham Wheeler * Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries *