Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What Cost Print Preservation?

Roger Schonfeld of Ithaka is asking tough but fair questions about the cost-benefit analysis of an intense commitment to print preservation. In very many cases, wouldn't a digital surrogate of a journal article be just as usable as the physical artifact?

[I agree with this in general, with the caveat that print journals often have advertisements and front matter that aren't as readily scanned as the articles.]

1 comment:

Lisa Mix said...

In most cases, digital surrogates work as well (in fact, better) than their print counterparts. But what happens when all the servers go down? Or licensing agreements change? I was glad to hear these issues discussed yesterday.