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Cinderella's Stick

A Fairy Tale for Digital Preservation

Authors: Tzitzikas, Yannis, Marketakis, Yannis

  • Explains problems and solutions related to digital preservation using examples based on a modern version of the Cinderella fairy tale
  • Introduces the notion of patterns to describe potential problems, possible solutions, and practical lessons learned to avoid related issues
  • Accompanied by a website providing links to various tools, updates, teaching materials – and the contents of Cinderella’s “real USB stick”
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About this Textbook

This book explains the main problems related to digital preservation using examples based on a modern version of the well-known Cinderella fairy tale. Digital preservation is the endeavor to protect digital material against loss, corruption, hardware/software technology changes, and changes in the knowledge of the community.
Τhe structure of the book is modular, with each chapter consisting of two parts: the episode and the technical background. The episodes narrate the story in chronological order, exactly as in a fairy tale. In addition to the story itself, each episode is related to one or more digital preservation problems, which are discussed in the technical background section of the chapter. To reveal a more general and abstract formulation of these problems, the notion of pattern is used. Each pattern has a name, a summary of the problem, a narrative describing an attempt to solve the problem, an explanation of what could have been done to avoid or alleviate this problem, some lessons learned, and lastly, links to related patterns discussed in other chapters.
The book is intended for anyone wanting to understand the problems related to digital preservation, even if they lack the technical background. It explains the technical details at an introductory level, provides references to the main approaches (or solutions) currently available for tackling related problems, and is rounded out by questions and exercises appropriate for computer engineers and scientists. In addition, the book's website, maintained by the authors, presents the contents of Cinderella's “real USB stick,” and includes links to various tools and updates.

About the authors

Yannis Tzitzikas is Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete (Greece) and Affiliated Researcher in the Information Systems Lab (ISL) at FORTH-ICS (Greece) and coordinator of the Semantic Access and Retrieval group (http://www.ics.forth.gr/isl/sar). His research focuses on semantic data management, exploratory search and digital preservation. Over the last years he had an active role to several EU projects (iMarine, BlueBRIDGE) including the digital preservation-related projects CASPAR, SCIDIP-ES and APARSEN NoE where he was the leader of the work package on interoperability. He has published more than 120 papers in refereed international conferences and journals and received two best paper awards.
Yannis Marketakis works as an R&D Engineer in the Information System Laboratory at FORTH-ICS (GR). His main interests include: information systems, conceptual modeling, knowledge representation using Semantic Web technologies, data integration and object-oriented languages. He has been involved in several EU and national projects (including iMarine, BlueBRIDGE, VRE4EIC and others) as well as in the digital preservation-related EU projects CASPAR and SCIDIP-ES. He has participated as an author in more than 35 scientific publications.

Reviews

“An out of the box approach to describe the main issues generated by the obsolescence of the digital material and its surroundings as well as the methods and actions for digital preservation. The exploration of the digital preservation space is given through a nice fairy tale that facilitates the understanding of advanced concepts and complicated computer science methods. The chapters of the book correspond to correlated patterns - particular digital preservation problems and the corresponding policies for their resolution - creating paths - sets of policies - to confront issues in an integrated way. A very creative combination of homogeneity, modularity and fiction!” (Christos Papatheodorou, Professor, Department of Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University)

“A wide range of digital preservation actions are covered in the book in a comprehensive and creative way. Comprehensive, as it provides in depth coverage of computer science solutions for a wide range of digital preservation problems. Creative, as it uses the imagery of the long and winding road of a fairytale towards a happy ending.” (René van Horik Data Archiving and Networked Services –DANS-KNAW)

“It is a well-structured, easy-to-read book, ideal for understanding basic terms and aspects of digital preservation, even suitable for people with other than technical background. I really liked the concept of pattern!” (Katerina Lenaki, University of Crete Library, Greece)

“A good start for those who want to get a global view of Digital preservation and get basic information about where they can find further material”. (Panos Georgiou, University of Patras Library & Information Center, Greece)

“Where a fairytale of the past meets a modern version of it, where contemporary Digital Preservation topics addressed to scientists and researchers touch on the everyday life of the average user of new technologies, a narrative with elements of the myth that could nevertheless be true, unfolds with examples the technical background to solve the problems that arise. An enjoyable reading, undisturbed interest, stimulates curiosity and sheds plenty of light thanks to its original style and its perfect structure.” (Tonia Dellaporta, French Language and Literature Teacher)

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • A Few Words About Digital Preservation and Book Overview

    Tzitzikas, Yannis (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • The Fairy Tale of Cinderella

    Tzitzikas, Yannis (et al.)

    Pages 13-14

  • Daphne (A Modern Cinderella)

    Tzitzikas, Yannis (et al.)

    Pages 15-19

  • Reading the Contents of the USB Stick

    Tzitzikas, Yannis (et al.)

    Pages 21-28

  • First Contact with the Contents of the USB Stick

    Tzitzikas, Yannis (et al.)

    Pages 29-38

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98488-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $74.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98487-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cinderella's Stick
Book Subtitle
A Fairy Tale for Digital Preservation
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98488-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98488-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98487-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 249
Number of Illustrations
97 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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