Research and collaboration

The digital preservation team carries out systematic research into new types of electronic record, and develops new processes for migrating digital information from one data format to another. The core aim of this research is to support our services and so ensure that future generations can continue to access and use electronic records.

We are involved with research projects and working groups in collaboration with other organisations both nationally and internationally.

Planets – Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services

PLANETS (Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services) was a four-year project co-funded by the European Union, to address core digital preservation challenges. Completed in May 2010, the main aim of the project was to develop practical services and tools to help ensure long-term access to digital cultural and scientific assets.

The project drew on the expertise of 16 partners from national libraries, archives, leading research universities and technology companies across Europe. The National Archives who led the characterisation work.

InSPECT – Investigating the significant properties of electronic records over time

Working with the Arts & Humanities Data Service, InSPECT investigates significant properties of digital records which need preserving for the future. It is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee.

Working with industry

We are working closely with several international bodies to bring together PRONOM and the Global Digital Format Registry Project.  This will support the requirements of a larger digital preservation community, creating a Unified Digital Formats Registry (UDFR).