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Files that Last

Gary McGath

Copyright 2013 Gary McGath

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Jay Gattuso of the National Library of New Zealand is a Sponsor of Files that Last, with a $200 contribution through Kickstarter. Many thanks!

Note on formatting

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Table of Contents

For the preservation geek

The dustbin of history

Preservation strategy

Backup and archiving

Internet backup and archiving

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