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"The book provides a wide range of examples that illustrate the various types of information. It is for producers and users who may be interested in long-term archiving and retrieval of digital information. This book states that today there is no single solution that will work for the many kinds of digital information being used by many different users. … Gladney is an expert on this subject, and this book offers a thorough treatment of it." (Stan Kurkovsky, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (8), August, 2008)

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Cultural history enthusiasts have asserted the urgent need to protect digital information from imminent loss. Without action, much of what has been created in digital form is likely to become unusable. Although a decade has already elapsed since this challenge was clearly articulated, nobody has described a complete procedure for preventing such loss – until now.

Leading industry consultant Henry M. Gladney outlines a technical solution and justifies its correctness and optimality. His presentation focuses on long-term digital preservation principles as a basis for producing the software that will be needed. The method described will work for any kind of digital document, multimedia file, business record collection, or scientific information, and is believed to be optimal with respect to both the quality of the preserved information and end-user convenience. Additionally, Dr. Gladney explains the requirements of the related software, and sketches how to implement it.

Preserving Digital Information presents an up-to-date description of its field, together with a solution for all technical problems identified in the pertinent professional literature. It is for archivists, research librarians, and museum curators who need to understand digital technology in order to manage their institutions; software engineers and computer scientists whose work requires sound information about digital preservation; and attorneys, medical professionals, government officials, and business executives who depend on the long-term reliability of digital records.

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Henry Gladney was born in Czechoslovakia, grew up in Canada, and studied at the University of Toronto and Princeton University before joining IBM Research in 1963, where his work gradually evolved from chemical physics to computer science. With collaborators, he invented a real-time time-sharing system used in 16,000 large computers (1968), widely emulated access control software (1975), and digital library services that became IBM's Content Manager offering (1993). After leaving IBM, he designed the first reliable long-term preservation method for digital documents (2002).

Gladney is the author of 100 peer-reviewed works and two books, "Preserving Digital Information" (2007), and "No Taxation without Representation: 1768 Petition, Memorial, and Remonstrance".

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