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Lost in a Digital Translation: An inside look at Digital Curating

Doug Reside is the Digital Curator at the New York Public Library. Over the last ten years we have had the pleasure of working with Doug on many occasions. Doug recently wrote a blog post titled, "'No Day But Today': A look at Jonathan Larson's Word Files". His post illustrated some of the challenges that occurred while preserving Larson's digital works. I found it interesting and wanted to share it with you. The following is an excerpt:

"The final draft of RENT on Larson's disks was saved at 12:38 PM on Monday, January 15 using a copy of Microsoft Word 5.1 for the Macintosh.  Opening this file with a vintage copy of the software, it's possible to see the file more or less as Larson saw it in 1996.

When I open the same file with a simple text editor like Text Wrangler, though, the text appears to be somewhat different... [Y]ou can see the line "Before the virus takes hold" appears as "Before you enter the light" looking at the same file!  What's going on? "

Click here to read the post in its entirety