Monday, May 04, 2015

A Biological Perspective on Digital Preservation

A Biological Perspective on Digital Preservation. Michael J. Pocklington, et al. iPres Conference Proceedings. October, 2014.
Successful preservation of digital objects requires a solid theoretical framework, which treats the objects as containers of information, exactly as in the genomes of organisms.  This looks at the similarities of biological and digital ecosystems. In both cases, functional information is identifiable in principle by the consequence of actions. Interaction maps are dependency networks objects withing their environment. The significant environment information in the digital ecosystem relates to the object, resource usage, software dependencies, and other digital objects, which all related to the usability and survivability of the objects. The poster looks at an application of the theoretical background and includes first results from a case-study on a software-based art preservation scenario.

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