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Hardware to Everyware: Narratives of Promise and Threat

This chapter explores the notions in relation to the instability and resilience of authenticity and memory. The digitization of national archives at the present time provides the cultural site for such an exploration. It presents the notions in the background as attention is given to debates about how to weave existing conventions of archiving practice into digital culture. The chapter explains two broad dimensions related to ideas about authenticity. The first has to do with what happens to the institutionally defined authenticity of archival records in terms of what and how objects are selected, acquired, and described in digital culture. The second more specific concern has to do with the relation between access and storage of digital archival things. The preservation strategy known as migration' rests upon the idea that technological systems are changing and thus one has to move digital archival objects through new technical systems in order to preserve them.