Archiving digital cultural artifacts: organizing an agenda for action
Lyman, Peter~Kahle, Brewster
Abstract: Introductory paragraph: Our cultural heritage is now taking digital form, whether born digital or born-again by conversion to digital from other media. What will be the consequences of these changes in the nature of the medium for creating and preserving our cultural heritage? What new technological and institutional strategies must be invented to archive cultural artifacts and hand them on to future generations? We will explore these questions through the practical perspective gained in building Alexa Internet and the Internet Archive.Our purpose is not so much to answer these questions in a definitive manner, but to organize a discussion between communities which must learn to work together if the problem of digital preservation and archiving is to be solved -- computer scientists, librarians and scholars, and policy makers. This paper, then, is the product of a dialogue between a computer scientist/entrepreneur and a political theorist/librarian, and represents an attempt to create a common agenda for action.