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This old usage of the term 'digital preservation' is more accurately about the contribution digital surrogates make to the preservation of paper (or analogue) records. Owing to widespread confusion, we do not recommend using the term in this way.
Digitisation projects create new digital assets that will need preserving, unless you can afford the cost and manual handling of re-digitisation. It is correct to refer to the preservation of these as digital preservation, but the term also means the processes of maintaining access to born-digital records.
Where can I learn more?
Sector specific guidelines:
- The National Archives' digitisation specification for Public Records (which proposes an archival profile of JPEG 2000)
- Parliamentary Archives' digitisation guidelines (PDF)
- JISC project report: Digitisation Programme Digital Preservation Study 2009