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TraversalsThe Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing$
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Stuart Moulthrop and Dene Grigar

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035972

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035972.001.0001

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

(p.227) Afterword

Dene Grigar

The MIT Press

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 to action for Digital Humanities to take on the task of preserving the cultural heritage reflected in born-digital media through a multi-faceted approach involving not just emulation and migration of media but also collection and documentation.

Keywords:   Sappho Syndrome, Digital Humanities, Cultural heritage, Born digital

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