Information Access Seminar

Software Preservation and Attacks on the Cultural Record

Friday, April 1, 2016
3:10 pm - 5:00 pm
205 South Hall
Clifford Lynch

(Note the room change.)

1. Reflections on the diverse objectives of software preservation, and relationships between preservation, sustainability, and obsolescence. Recent progress on the techolologies of emulation and virtualization have changed many of the assumptions here. (See for example the recent work of David Rosenthal, who spoke at the Seminar last semester about this topic). Recognition that software is an integral part of the verification and reproduction of more and more research results has been a new source of requirements somewhere in the preservation-sustainability continuum. In this discussion I want to revisit some of the assumptions and goals involved in managing software over time.

2. (As time permits) I would like to open a discussion of lines of attack on the cultural record that are used to selectively purge materials, disrupt the record's integrity, and block or deter stewardship organizations. I believe that these lines of attack have become more numerous and diverse in recent decades, with the shift of increasingly large amounts of the record to digital forms further complicating the situation. This is intended to be an exploratory rather than definitive discussion.

Clifford Lynch is an adjunct professor in the School of Information and co-leader of the Friday afternoon Information Access Seminar.

Since 1997, Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as director of UC’s library automation.

Lynch is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. He holds a doctorate in computer science from UC Berkeley.

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March 29, 2016