There have been several exceptional posts out there in the blogosphere lately which provide food for thought for anyone concerned with the future of archives. Merrilee on Hanging Together summarized the arguments of Kevin Kelly on The Technium regarding what adds value in an age when copies are free. Merrilee writes: Kelly then lays out eight â€œgenerativesâ€: immediacy , personalization, interpretation, authenticity, accessibility, embodiment, patronage, and findability.
[Translations: Belarusian , Chinese , French , German , Italian , Japanese , Polish , Portuguese , Russian , Spanish , Turkish ] The internet is a copy machine. At its most foundational level, it copies every action, every character, every thought we make while we ride upon it. In order to send a message from one corner of the internet to another, the protocols of communication demand that the whole message be copied along the way several times. IT companies make a lot of money selling equipment that facilitates this ceaseless copying. Every bit of data ever produced on any computer is copied somewhere.