Preserving digital collections

Digital preservation is a vital issue for almost all archives and there is an increasing demand for storage of, and access to, digital information in a discoverable format. There is an expectation that the vastly increased public access achieved in recent years will continue to expand.

Developing a digital preservation strategy and policy

The aim of your digital preservation strategy should be to achieve consistency in the management of digital records.

How to get started

To get started: Evaluate the digital records you have, or are likely to receive, to identify formats and potential volumes Identify records held on removable storage media (such as memory sticks or floppy disks) with a view to transferring them to a more secure storage environment, such as a server Ensure there are at least two copies of a digital record.

Digital preservation tools and systems

Your approach to digital preservation should be modular and flexible, to ensure it is sustainable.