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Good Archives Make Good Scholars: Reflections on Recent Steps Toward the Archiving of Digital Information

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Waters, Donald
Date: 2002
Agency: Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Washington, DC
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5856
Sector: Information & Knowledge
Subject(s): information commons
public goods and bads
Abstract: "The Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information argued that the value of digital information rests in what it contributes to our cultural memory. Because cultural memory is a public good, it follows that insuring against the possible loss of such memory by the archiving of digital information would also be a public good. The joint economic interest of publishers, authors, and the scholarly community in electronic journals as intellectual property is reason to suggest that archiving them may not be a public good in the strictest sense of the term. Still, the archiving of digital information has special properties as a kind of modified public good that demands special attention."

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