Publish and Die: The Preservation of Digital Literature within the UK

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2010
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978-3-631-80119-2
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191-202
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29 (2010) 1/2
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0722-7833
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Digital Literature rarely exists as a physical artefact that can be filed in a library or archived somewhere. It is a living thing that depends on a constantly changing infrastructure to function and be accessed.

By preserving works of digital literature, which exist in large part as a function of this dynamic data-architecture, and seeking to effectively fix them in time and space, like an insect in amber, we risk alienating the work from its context and rendering it senseless.

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Eric Dean Rasmussen