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Traversals: The Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing

Stuart Moulthrop and Dene Grigar

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262035972
eISBN:
9780262339018
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035972.001.0001
Subject:
Information Science, Communications

Many pioneering works of electronic literature are now largely inaccessible because of changes in hardware, software, and platforms. The virtual disappearance of these works--created on floppy disks, ... More


Afterword: The Sappho Syndrome, and Other Concerns in the Preservation of Born-Digital Media

Dene Grigar

in Traversals: The Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262035972
eISBN:
9780262339018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035972.003.0007
Subject:
Information Science, Communications

This chapter concludes by raising the issue of the Sappho Syndrome, whereby whole works disappear and only are known through fragments and references to them. In doing so, the chapter provides a call ... More


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