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Cinderella's Stick

A Fairytale for Digital Preservation



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Cinderella's Stick by Yannis Tzitzikas
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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. he 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.

Author Biography

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 ( 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.
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December 22nd, 2018
1st ed. 2018
51 Illustrations, color; 34 Illustrations, black and white; XXI, 247 p. 85 illus., 51 illus. in color.
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Springer International Publishing AG
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