Added on 7 December 2022

Bitstream PreservationThe Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has released a Member Preview of the next in its series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes, A risk driven approach to Bitstream Preservation by Paul Wheatley, today.

A risk driven approach to Bitstream Preservation explores some of the challenges that must be addressed by a storage architecture designed for long-term digital preservation. It considers the risks faced by content stored over the long-term and concludes with a simple approach to assess and document the risks and mitigating actions put in place to address them.

“Storing digital content, our binary data, without loss is far from the only consideration in achieving long term digital preservation. But as the DPC’s unofficial tag line of “Keep the bits” illustrates, it is a crucial one,” says Paul Wheatley, the DPC’s Head of Research & Practice and author of the Technology Watch Guidance Note.

“I hope that digital preservation practitioners will find this Guidance Note useful when seeking to establish appropriate preservation storage or when verifying that their existing storage is fit for purpose.”

With a one-month preview for DPC Members, this new Technology Watch Guidance Note and the rest of the series complements the DPC’s popular Technology Watch Reports and is designed to be a ‘bite-sized’ paper that might contain information about a problem, a solution, or a particular implementation of digital preservation and will provide a short briefing on advanced digital preservation topics.

The Technology Watch publication series is just one of the ways the DPC supports the digital preservation community. An international charitable foundation which supports digital preservation, the DPC helps its members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance. Its vision is a sustainable future for our digital assets.

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