Cinderella's Stick [electronic resource] : A Fairy Tale for Digital Preservation / by Yannis Tzitzikas, Yannis Marketakis.

Tzitzikas, Yannis author., Author,
Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2018.
1 online resource (XXI, 249 pages) : 110 illustrations, 13 illustrations in color.
1st ed. 2018.
Computer Science (Springer-11645)
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Information storage and retrieval.
Natural language processing (Computer science).
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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. 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.
1 A Few Words About Digital Preservation And Book Overview
2 The Fairy Tale Of Cinderella
3 Daphne (A Modern Cinderella)
4 Reading the Contents of the USB Stick
5 First Contact with the Contents of the USB Stick
6 The File Poem.html: On Reading Characters
7 The File MyPlace.png: On Getting the Provenance of a Digital Object
8 The File todo.csv - On Understanding Data Values
9 The File destroyAll.exe: On Executing Proprietary Software
10 The File Mymusic.class: On Decompiling Software
11 The File On Compiling And Running Software
12 The File myFriendsBook.war: On Running Web Applications
13 The File roulette.BAS: On Running Obsolete Software
14 The Folder myExperiment: On Verifying and Reproducing Data
15 The File MyContacts.con: On Reading Unknown Digital Resources
16 The File SecretMeeting.Txt: On Authenticity Checking
17 The Personal Archive Of Robert: On Preservation Planning
18 The Meta-Pattern: Toward a Common Umbrella
19 How Robert Eventually Found Daphne
20 Daphne's Dream
21 Epilogue.
Marketakis, Yannis. author., Author,
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