This paper introduces a brief explanation of digital continuity and the opportunities and threats that it faces.
The movement of product information to the digital domain in the 21st century has meant that we do not have physical items, like pieces of paper, which we can authenticate as being reliable information for decision making. Digital continuity is meant to remedy shortcomings of the digital environment by ensuring that information is unique, authoritative, current, and consistent, or more simply, has the characteristic of singularity.
This paper includes:
• Digital continuity within the Product Lifecycle
• Digital continuity within manufacturing
• Threats to digital continuity
If we implement digital continuity correctly, we have all the advantages of the singularity of paper documents, but with the instantaneous and simultaneous ability to access the latest, updated information.
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