INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PRESERVATION

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1:  Digital preservation sustains access to digital materials for as long as is required.

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2: Failing to preserve digital materials renders them unusable

Technology is frequently updated, improved and expanded; we can keep pace with this change, but digital material will get left behind if we don’t act.

Failing to preserve digital materials means data safety and security is compromised, resulting in ‘confidence loss’ and reputational damage. Maintaining a clear audit trail and complete transparency depends on sustained access to your digital information at all times.

Without digital preservation, agencies must maintain and repair a profusion of redundant systems adding costs and reducing operational effectiveness.

Failing to preserve digital materials means:

  • The bits and bytes making up your digital records have degraded, rendering them inaccessible,
  • You don’t have the means to find, interpret and re-use your data,
  • There is insufficient contextual information (metadata) to understand the information and for it to be useful.

 

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