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An Ethical Perspective on Political-Economic Issues in the Long-Term Preservation of Digital Heritage

Title

An Ethical Perspective on Political-Economic Issues in the Long-Term Preservation of Digital Heritage

Subject

Web Archiving

Description

This article considers long-term preservation of digital heritage from a social justice perspective, with a specific focus on ethical obligations for archivists in first world countries. The authors envision two fictional scenarios to illustrate their argument: in the first example, digital archivists located in a wealthy first-world country “harvest” web content created in an economically disadvantaged country without consent. In the second scenario, archivists in the same first-world country offer to digitize content from a third-world archive and propose a contract that allows both sides access to the digital archive. Lor and Britz argue that in both cases, first world archivists have a systemic advantage, and what they offer is not a collaboration, but essentially exploitation. Drawing on a broad variety of ethical frameworks, Lor and Britz attempt to offer a comprehensive catalogue of moral considerations for fair and equal forms of collaboration.

Creator

Lor, Peter Johan, and J.J. Britz

Date

2012

Contributor

Laura Moeller

Type

Journal article

Bibliographic Citation

Lor, Peter Johan, and J.J. Britz. "An Ethical Perspective on Political-Economic Issues in the Long-Term Preservation of Digital Heritage." Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 63 (2012): 2153–2164.

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Citation

Lor, Peter Johan, and J.J. Britz, “An Ethical Perspective on Political-Economic Issues in the Long-Term Preservation of Digital Heritage,” Digital Archiving Resources, accessed November 18, 2017, http://dar.cah.ucf.edu/items/show/292.