The changing world of archives and digital media

The following post was written by Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives graduate assistant Samantha Wolter as part of our monthlong series on digital archives.

Throughout the month of February, I will be talking with you about the importance of archiving and providing access to digital media and look at the role digital preservation plays in that work.

As archivists, the purpose of our work is to collect and protect the university’s memory in order for current and future generations to have access to our collected physical and digital data. Margaret Hedstrom, faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Information and frequent author on digital preservation, defines digital preservation as “the planning, resource allocation, and application of preservation methods and technologies necessary to ensure that digital information of continuing value remains accessible and usable.”1 

Source: Illinois State University

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