Thursday, August 25, 2011

Digital Preservation, Digital Curation, Digital Stewardship: What’s in (Some) Names?

Digital Preservation, Digital Curation, Digital Stewardship: What’s in (Some) Names?  Butch Lazorchak. The Signal. August 23, 2011.
We often use “digital preservation,” “digital curation” and  “digital stewardship” interchangeably without thinking about the differences. 
Preservation is defined as keeping something in its origial state.
Curation looks at selection, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets in addition to their preservation.

Curation is useful for looking at the entire life of the materials and concentrates on "building and managing collections of digital assets and so does not fully describe a more broad approach to digital materials management.

Stewardship looks at holding resources in trust for future generations which can include both preservation and curation.

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