File Fixity and Data Integrity
Another post for The Signal. This one is part of our series explicating each “box” of the Levels of Digital Preservation guidance document.
Needless to say, I’m always looking for an excuse to use this picture of Old Heidelberg, the beer-drinking, pipe-smoking dog from 1905. And what better excuse than a quick overview of flipping bits, generating checksums, and creating a bag of Heidelbergs. (For the record, Ol’ Heidel’s LC catalog page is at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/det1994011460/PP/ and I would be remiss if I didn’t advise clicking on everyone’s favorite LCSH, Animals in Human Situations. Though, really, dogs can drink beer — it’s not just a “human situation!” So let’s give the proper due to our fun-lovin’ fauna friends, okay catalogers?) Anyhow, the blog post: