Added on 3 November 2022

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is pleased to announce the launch of Digital Preservation for Small Businesses: An Introductory Guide which is available on general release this World Digital Preservation Day!

Digital information plays a central role in most aspects of all our lives and running a small business is no exception. Important information that would once have been produced on paper is now created, shared and maintained digitally.

front page screenshotCreated for the Archives and Records Council Wales, supported by The National Library of Wales and funded by The National Archives Covid-19 Archives Fund, this introductory guide focuses on common sense management of digital information and highlights actions which can be incorporated into the day-to-day working practices of small businesses. And while the guide was written with small businesses in mind, it will be helpful for any small-medium organization interested in starting to better manage their digital information for the longer term.

“Earlier this year I was pleased to work with the Archives and Records Council Wales on a basic introduction to digital preservation aimed at small business owners,” says co-author Jenny Mitcham, Head of Good Practice and Standards for the DPC.

“The guide was intended to provide some practical and actionable advice and guidance for businesses who perhaps had not considered digital preservation before. Though the original guide was aimed specifically at businesses in Wales, we were keen to release the guidance in a more generic form for the international community. We are very grateful to ARCW for their support with this and hope that others find this advice helpful."

Providing online resources like Digital Preservation for Small Businesses: An Introductory Guide 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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