What are the long-term implications of relying on current digital technology to preserve our cultural memory? This is the question that framed a recent symposium at the Getty Center, where pioneers from industry, entertainment, and digital information focused on the critical issue of the fragility of digital media and how dependent we have become on it. This volume, which includes the proceedings from discussions at the meeting along with several chapters on our reliance on digital media, promotes the debate and resolution of these problems.
Contributors include Stewart Brand, author of the Whole Earth Catalog and founder of the Long Now Foundation, which collaborated on the meeting; musician and artist Brian Eno; Kevin Kelly, senior editor of Wired Magazine; Danny Hillis, Vice President of Disney, and others involved in digital technology, conservation, and reference. Also included is a listing of digital preservation resources on the Internet.
Margaret MacLean was group director of special initiatives at the Getty Conservation Institute and edited Cultural Heritage in Asia and the Pacific. Ben H. Davis was electronic publications manager for Getty Publications.
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