Introduction to digital preservation

Introduction to digital preservation 

Cultural institutions are increasingly devoting money and resources into building their digital collections, both by reformatting physical materials and by creating and acquiring digital originals.  All characteristics of these digital objects need to be available for the future – the data stream (bits and bytes), the ”findability”, the functionality and structural relationships between complex digital objects as well as the ability to display correctly and retain the ”look and feel” of the original document,  image, sound file or web page.  Ensuring the sustainability of these digital assets requires more than static storage and backup regimes, it requires the active management of this digital information over time to ensure its continued viability and accessibility.

Source: State Library of New South Wales

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