Digital Archiving Resources

The Future of the Past

Title

The Future of the Past

Subject

Archives

Description

In Part II of The Future of the Past, Alexander Stiille discusses cultural memory as it relates to the National Archive and the process of digitizing and converting nontextual material to a more stable format. Stille states that, at current staff levels, it would take 120 years to transfer nontextual material to more stable digital formats. Using this example, he thus elucidates a problem pinpointed by many scholars of digital archives: eventually, information abundance starts to feel overwhelming. Furthermore, with information glut comes questions of authority and vetting processes: who is creating and controlling cultural memories?

Creator

Stille, Alexander

Publisher

Picador

Date

2003

Contributor

Sara Raffel

Type

Book

Identifier

ISBN-13: 978-0312420949

Bibliographic Citation

Stille, Alexander. The Future of the Past. New York: Picador, 2003.

Files

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Collection

Citation

Stille, Alexander, “The Future of the Past,” Digital Archiving Resources, accessed September 24, 2017, http://dar.cah.ucf.edu/items/show/285.