Are we doing enough to preserve digital material for the long-term?

Are we doing enough to preserve digital material for the long-term?

Nik Stanbridge, Director of Marketing, Arkivum asks if institutions like Harvard are doing enough to preserve their digital assets

The Harvard libraries and archives contain an immense volume of digital information that has been gathered over several decades, and is therefore currently stored on hundreds of different formats that are quickly becoming outdated.

When this digital material first began to enter libraries in the 1980’s on floppy disks and tapes it was largely logged and tucked away as simply a growing collection of artefacts, and so a substantial amount of data may not have been accessed for 30 years, let alone archived or converted to a sustainable format.

Source: Information Age

See Also: Is there anything to be learnt from Harvard’s attempt to preserve its digital assets?

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