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Rip – Mix – Burn: Why Content Repurposing Is the Answer to Digital Preservation
  DOI :  10.2352/issn.2168-3204.2006.3.1.art00004  Published OnlineJanuary 2006

Traditional preservation arguments focused on two technological options, emulation [4, 5] and format conversion [1, 2, 3] or a combination of both [6]. All provide solutions to some preservation scenarios but also list limitations of scalability [3] and unsustainable loss [7], respectively, a common belief which led us to employ a procedural hybrid focused on access and usage, incorporating migration on access advantages described by LOCKSS [3].This strategy is based on the philosophy that any preservation action made directly to the original digital objects must be postponed until absolutely necessary, arguably forever. However, access is given immediately by employing current-era rendering programs and translating to current-era digital formats which are sufficiently-featured to fully represent the intellectual content in need of preservation. Therefore, we will argue that access, to mix and remix digital content, generates sufficient and necessary incentives [8, 15] to extend the life of digital objects, and indirectly that of digital formats, for as long as they are relevant to some user subgroup.Additionally, we will introduce assessment and measurement processes complementing the Rosenthal's LOCKSS model. We will develop the main argument by showing the relationships between the three distinct classes of costs incurred by any preservation program. We will show how INFORM methodology [10] is used to time the selection of new programs and formats. Lastly, we will show how translation loss can be measured, managed and validated, by employing a process built on the project at the Library of Congress to analyze the sustainability of digital formats [11].

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Andreas Stanescu, Judith Cobb, Taylor Surface, "Rip – Mix – Burn: Why Content Repurposing Is the Answer to Digital Preservationin Proc. IS&T Archiving 2006,  2006,  pp 13 - 18,

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