What key processes form a digital preservation strategy?

The goal for any digital preservation strategy should be to achieve consistency in the management of digital records. To do this the strategy must include:

  • a formal means of accepting records, including an agreed standard for file formats and levels of description for the records
  • a secure process for transferring records into storage and then managed appropriately (including integrity checks)
  • mapping processes to capture the descriptive information into a searchable database linked to the records to allow them to remain discoverable
  • a formal means of providing the content of the preserved records to users in the most approprate format for the content of the record
  • a rigorous system of monitoring the preservation activities that can produce usable audit data
  • the extent to which each process is used will be dependent on the size and the extent of the collection

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