What is Digital Preservation?
Digital Preservation has two key elements:
- The protection of a digital file from loss or degradation.
- Ensuring the information contained within the file remains accessible by the intended audience with the tools they might reasonably be expected to have available to them. This usually means migrating information from obsolete file formats to a current format.
Records Management and Archives have traditionally managed the physical artefacts in their collections, and more recently digital facsimiles have been used to provide easier and wider access to their collections. The physical items remain available to be copied again, should the digital facsimile become corrupt. As technology has improved, early digital facsimiles have been…read more here.