Information Access Seminar

The Half-Empty Archive

Friday, March 7, 2014
3:10 pm to 5:00 pm
David Rosenthal
Estimates in multiple areas suggest that current digital preservation efforts combined reach roughly half of the material that should be preserved. What are the technical, economic and organizational barriers to reaching the other half?

David S. H. Rosenthal invented the LOCKSS (Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) technology and has been chief scientist of the LOCKSS program at the Stanford Libraries since it started more than a decade ago. The program develops tools that allow libraries to collect and preserve web published materials (ejournals, books, blogs, web sites, archival materials, etc) using low-cost, collaborative, peer-to-peer technology. Dr. Rosenthal is a long-time Silicon Valley engineer. He was an early employee at Sun Microsystems, where he helped developed the X Window System which has long been the open source standard. He was employee #4 at Nvidia, now the leading supplier of high-performance graphics chips.

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March 26, 2015