Re: article theft and authorship certification (Chris Brown-Syed) Marcia Tuttle 11 Aug 2000 22:07 UTC

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Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 15:00:27 -0400
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Subject: Re: article theft and authorship certification (Stevan Harnad)

On Thu, 10 Aug 2000, Stevan Harnad wrote:

> There are indeed powerful new ways of authenticating texts and dates in
> a digital archive.

  That would make an excellent topic for an article!

  Having been in this business for some time, I personally would need
  a lot of convincing before I accepted that anything digital could
  not be fudged.

  Personally, I back up my work to CD-ROMs regularly and store copies
  off site. As "write once read many times" devices, they may provide
  a partial solution.

  One nice thing about traditional publishing is the fact that books
  and journals, once legally deposited in various federal repositories
  around the world, provide proof of authorship. Technically, the
  concept of "legal deposit" probably applies to the Net and the Web
  as it is in many nations - if to utter a document is to "publish" it.
  The world's National Libraries and National Archives will have to
  come up with pixel policies eventually.

  That would make another excellent topic for an artice.

       Chris Brown-Syed PhD. Editor, Library & Archival Security.
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     Never give up if the objective is worthwhile - Lionel Gregory.