Graduate Student Forum

Will History Survive in the Digital Age?: The Challenges of Long-term Digital Preservation

Tuesday, 07 February 2023 | 9:00 - 9:45 (JST)
Zoom Meeting
  • Kim Boyoung Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo
  • Sawako Shirahase TCJS Director
Event Description

This presentation will discuss what challenges we face to preserve records of human activities in the digital age from the standpoint of archival science. In the digital age, records are created and used in digital format. However, their long-term preservation entails many challenges. For example, ensuring the authenticity of the data is not a simple matter because digital materials have the potential to be altered and damaged with ease. Many efforts are conducted around the world to solve these problems, but this hasn’t received so much attention in Japan. In this talk, I will describe the current situation in Japan and discuss some issues related to technologies, professions, education programs, and so on for archiving digital records.

About the Speaker

Boyoung Kim is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo, focusing on the long-term preservation of digital records. Her research interests include digital archives, record keeping, and digital humanities. She is currently working at the Shibusawa Memorial Foundation and has several years of experience in the archives management field.