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UGC NET JUNE 2012 PAPER II (46-50)



The primary concern with the longevity of digital documents is the “viewing problem” (Besser, 2000). Unlike analog or physical information, which tends to exist independent of human involvement, digital information needs constant intervention to survive. History has shown that digital documents are problematic by default. Whereas we can actually look at the Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted 500 years ago, it is difficult if not impossible to simply view documents on 8-in. Floppy disks created in the last 20 years, even if there has been an immediate, proactive role in preserving them. Without concerted effort on the part of archivists and preservationists, digital objects quickly become obsolete or inaccessible due to unforeseen, although anticipated, advances in information technology.The variable media art community currently utilizes four digital preservation strategies, all focused on the end product. The first three methods have technical origins and are based on general digital preservation practices. Related to “the viewing problem”, they are : refreshing, the upgrade of storage mechanisms; migration, the premeditated upgrade of file formats; and emulation, which focuses on development of operating systems able to run obsolete media. The fourth option, developed by and for the new media art community, is reinterpretation(Depocas et al., 2003), where the curators attempt to recreate a work given comprehensive documentation of the original artefact.
Migration and emulationare the two primary methods in managing the problem of obsolete file formats (Waters & Garrett, 1996). Migration focuses on the files themselves, periodically updating files in new software formats. The second method of preservation is emulation, which can be either at the system or the software level. System emulation focuses on developing systems that mimic the hardware used to create or run the original artefact.

1.Why digital objects becomeinaccessible quickly ?

Because of unforeseen advancement of technology
It is independent of human intervention
It is independent of any technological advancement
None of the above

2.Reinterpretation is a digital preservation strategy where curator intends to

Upgrade file formats
Upgrade storage mechanism
Recreate a work
Upgrade operating system

3.What is the focus of system emulation ?

Developing systems that mimic hardware
Developing systems that mimic software
Developing systems that mimic file formats
None of the above

4.Which of the following is true about migration preservation strategy ?

Migration is not related to the viewing problem
Migration is related to the viewing problem
Migration requires comprehensive documentation
Migration does not have a technical origin

5.Refreshing preservation strategy focuses on

Comprehensive documentation of original artefact
Development of operating system
Not on viewing problem
Upgradation of storage mechanism

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