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"Overall the author has masterfully brought together a great deal of knowledge around a very important topic for many archivists and information staff. Here is a sound intellectual framework and basis for digital curation, ideally beyond its original academic environment." -- Program "A comprehensive and clearly written guide to digital curation, this is indeed a publication, that is very much needed, and it certainly delivers on expectations." -- The Electronic Library "...a welcome, timely and useful collection of resources, opinions and accepted best practice, assiduously gathered, soundly organised, and elegantly stitched together." -- Library Review "Harvey has worked his alchemy to provide an informed and yet practical piece of work." -- An Leahbharlann "Digital Curation places in one volume a wealth of information about a subject whose territorial shorelines are just now being developed. By delineating threats, core skills, research knowledge, life cycle requirements, functional entities, correlations, descriptive formats, risk matrices, preservation methods and a sharing continuum, Harvey establishes a foundation for the digital professional for years to come." -- Collection Building "This book is very well-written in a style that lends itself to easy comprehension. It is an essential reference resource for anyone needing a basic, yet thorough, overview of the complex subjects of digital curation and digital preservation. You certainly do not need to be a digital curator in order to find this book useful, but if you are, you may come away with a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities that your position should entail." -- Partnership "I would recommend the book to use not only in practical work but in digital curation teaching as well. It may play a role of an introductory textbook in modern digital preservation in addition to its direct more applied function." -- Information Research "Harvey shares his wealth of knowledge in a simple-to-read text and provides ample resources for those who want to learn more ... Digital Curation is an extremely useful work that should be read by multiple audiences. It will help archivists and librarians understand digital curation; it can be used by educators to explain digital curation to aspiring archivists and librarians; and it provides a strong framework for archivists and librarians who are responsible for curating digital materials. Harvey's manual provides an important reference resource to archival and library communities and should be mandated reading for professionals tasked with curating digital content." -- Archival Issues "This book about digital curation is clearly written, useful, and fascinating. If you are new to this subject or even if you think you know a lot about it already, this book will provide you with new insights." -- The American Archivist "Digital Curation covers this emerging field from the ground up ... its depth and approach would make it an ideal textbook for a graduate course on digital curation." -- Journal of Web Librarianship "Accompanied by a website, this work will benefit any librarians, archivists, or other professionals whose work involves preservation of and access to digital material." -- Library Journal "This volume is a comprehensive resource of best practices in digital curation, useful for current practitioners, those considering working in digital curation, and those studying in the field...Whether looking for conceptual models or how to define data, how to share knowledge and collaborate on preservation planning and policy, or working with data, this book will assist all." -- ARBA Online

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Ross Harvey is Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, a position he has held since 2008. Before joining Simmons he was the inaugural Professor of Library and Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia, from 1999 to 2008, and he has held positions at other universities in Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand. Visiting Professorships at the University of British Columbia (2008) and the University of Glasgow (2007-2008) allowed him to observe first hand current digital preservation and digital curation practice and research

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HASH(0x9c7a7a80) out of 5 stars Not ideal 14 Oct. 2014
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A lot of this is based on British digital curation practices. It's not the fault of the author that this feels somewhat off for the American context, but this is not the book I'd like it to be. There's still a lot of ground covered here, so I recommend it as an introduction until another text comes along.
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