Location of Repository

Trustworthy 100-Year Digital Objects: Syntax and Semantics--Tension Between Facts and Values

By Dr. H.M. Gladney

Abstract

Prior Trustworthy 100-Year Digital Object articles describe a method for preserving digitally represented information. Trustworthy Digital Object (TDO) representation and packaging makes any digital content reliably meaningful to consumers, no matter how distant these are in time, in space, and in social affiliation from their information sources. The current article focuses on digital document authenticity and on evidence a consumer can use to decide whether to trust the content. Such considerations are necessarily epistemological. Arguing the issues must start by conveying as unambiguously as possible what we mean by words like ‘authenticity’ and ‘evidence’ and by distinguishing between statements that are ‘objective’ and those that are ‘subjective’. Our analysis applies Wittgenstein’s teaching to pictorial models of digital and conventional communication. This analysis leads us to identify an ethical imperative for digital preservation, and to suggest that the TDO method defines a quality standard against which any method of digital preservation should be judged.

Topics: BC Authenticity and Integrity
Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.erpanet.org:51
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • http://eprints.erpanet.org/51/ (external link)
  • Suggested articles

    Citations

    1. (2000). A Survey of Trust in Internet Applications, doi
    2. (1996). A Wittgenstein Dictionary, doi
    3. (1998). Adams and Bits:
    4. (1992). Authentication in Distributed Systems: Theory and Practice, doi
    5. (1988). Authenticity in music, Faber Music,
    6. (1998). Authenticity of Digital Resources: Towards a Statement of Requirements in the Research Process, D-Lib Magazine, doi
    7. (1998). Digital Certificates: Applied Internet Security,
    8. (2002). Digital Experts Search for E-Archive Permanence
    9. (1998). Diplomatics: new uses for an old science, Scarecrow P.,
    10. (1994). Functional Requirements for Uniform Resource Names,
    11. (1998). Heidegger: Between Good and Evil, doi
    12. (1997). Identifiers and Their Role in Networked Information Applications, ARL: doi
    13. (2003). Lincoln's Washington,
    14. (2001). LOCKSS: A Permanent Web Publishing and Access System, DLib Magazine, doi
    15. (2003). Of Course It's True; I Saw It on the Internet" Critical Thinking doi
    16. (2002). Overview of Technological Approaches to Digital Preservation and Challenges in Coming Years,
    17. (2002). Persistent Archive Basic Components, Global Grid Forum;
    18. (1958). Philosophical Investigations: The English Text of the Third Edition,
    19. (1903). Principia Ethica, Cambridge UP,
    20. (2003). Research Questions for the Digital Era Library,
    21. (2001). Resource Description Framework (RDF), doi
    22. (1988). Security Center, A Guide to Understanding Audit in Trusted Systems,
    23. (2003). The Augmented Social Network: Building identity and trust into the next-generation Internet, doi
    24. (1979). The Denotational Description of Progamming Languages: An Introduction, doi
    25. (2003). The eXtensible Rule Markup Language, doi
    26. (1999). The Universe is Expanding: Reflections on the Social (and Cosmic) Significance of Documents in a Digital Age, doi
    27. (2003). Towards Identity Conditions for Digital Documents,
    28. (1921). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, with Introduction by Bertrand doi
    29. (2002). Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and Responsibilities, RLG-OCLC Final report,
    30. (2001). Trusting Records in a Post-Modern World, doi
    31. (2003). Trustworthy 100-Year Digital Documents: Durable Encoding for When It's Too Late to Ask, doi
    32. (2003). Trustworthy 100-Year Digital Documents: Evidence Even After Every Witness is Dead, doi
    33. (2003). Trustworthy 100-Year Digital Documents: Summary of a Digital Preservation Proposal,
    34. (2003). Trustworthy 100-Year Digital Documents: What's Authentic? Essential and Accidental in Documents, planned for
    35. (2003). What Do We Mean By Authentic? What’s the Real McCoy? D-Lib Magazine 9(7), doi
    36. (1984). Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language, doi
    37. (1939). Wittgenstein's Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics, doi

    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.