One thing you do as an editor is pretend you have known everything all along. No you don’t. Archiving, indexing and preserving knowledge, as well as creating, curating and passing it on is what universities do. And the DOI system is part of the puzzle. We are working to ensure a small publisher like ourselves might offer a similar level of confidence to that of a large publisher.
It used to be that if it were in a library, that was OK. Well , read The Swerve (Greenblatt 2011) for one perspective, or a Canticle for Liebowitz (Miller 1960) for another. I used to think that if it were on a university’s web server that would do it. I am not suggesting an impending apocalypse, but relying on Google, Amazon Cloud Services, or whoever we may have entrusted our infrastructure to, may not be the final answer. I suggest we all have some responsibility to preserve that which we think might be of some use in the future. And I also accept that I do not know what that might be. But for now we are working to make our archiving, indexing and preservation fit for service.
Tags: authority, philosophy, publishing, system
Categorised in: Uncategorised