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A brief overview of the Digital Preservation (DP) discipline to include basic concepts, valuable resources and documentation, a summary of the DP program at the Marriott Library, and an introduction to Rosetta - the Library's new DP System by ExLibris.
Digital preservation aims to ensure that a digital collection remains usable, regardless of the inevitable changes in technology the future will bring. Without the appropriate preservation methods in place a digital collection can easily become inaccessible and so useless in just a few years.
Available in English, French, and Spanish: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/publications-and-communication-materials/publications/full-list/guidelines-for-the-preservation-of-digital-heritage/
This Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections has three purposes:
1. To provide an overview of some of the major components and activities involved in creating good digital collections.
2. To identify existing resources that support the development of sound local practices for creating and managing good digital collections.
3. To encourage community participation in the ongoing development of best practices for digital collection building.
This document is a technical Recommended Practice for use in developing a broader consensus on what is required for an archive to provide permanent, or indefinite Long Term, preservation of digital information. It allows existing and future archives to be more meaningfully compared and contrasted. It provides a basis for further standardization within an archival context and it should promote greater vendor awareness of, and support of, archival requirements.
RLG and NARA created a task force to specifically address digital repository certification and develop criteria to identify digital repositories capable of reliably storing, migrating, and providing access to digital collections. This document is meant for those who work in or are responsible for digital repositories seeking objective measurement of the trustworthiness of their repository.
This is the home of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), Digital Preservation Outreach and Education, and the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). The site also provides a Digital Preservation Newsletter, blog posts, information on preserving personal data, and links to social media.
Economic issues are a principal component of the research agenda for digital preservation. Economics is fundamentally about incentives, so a study of the economics of digital preservation should begin with an
examination of the incentives to preserve. Securing the long-term viability and accessibility of digital materials requires an appropriate allocation of incentives among key decision-makers in the digital preservation process.
But the circumstances under which digital preservation takes place often lead to a misalignment of preservation objectives and incentives. Identifying circumstances where insufficient incentives to preserve are likely to prevail, and how this can be remedied, are necessary first steps in developing economically sustainable digital preservation activities.
Check out the Team Digital Preservation animated videos on YouTube. Created by Digital Preservation Europe, the videos aim to humorously educate people about the basic concepts surrounding digital preservation.
The Library of Congress produced a number of short videos regarding the basics of Digital Preservation.
Here are the "best practices" recommended by professional associations and experts in preserving information in electronic formats. Topics include the nature of digital information, media fragility, technical obsolescence, system integrity, and "the digital record." Written by one of the nation's most respected preservation professionals, this manual provides a seven-step approach to implementing a system for preserving digital records. You'll find practical and specific guidance on: storage considerations, file formats, preserving e-mail messages and Web pages, and digital imaging.
Digital Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums represents a new approach to getting started with digital preservation: that of what cultural heritage professionals need to know as they begin their work. For administrators and practitioners alike, the information in this book is presented readably, focusing on management issues and best practices. This book addresses a broad group of resources that could be housed in any number of digital preservation systems. Digital Preservation will answer questions that you might not have even known you had, leading to more successful digital preservation initiatives."
There is growing recognition of the need to address the fragility of digital information, on which our society heavily depends for smooth operation in all aspects of daily life. This has been discussed in many books and articles on digital preservation, so why is there a need for yet one more? Because, for the most part, those other publications focus on documents, images and webpages “ objects that are normally rendered to be simply displayed by software to a human viewer. Yet there are clearly many more types of digital objects that may need to be preserved, such as databases, scientific data and software itself. The presentation style mainly aims at practitioners in libraries, archives and industry who are either directly responsible for preservation or who need to prepare for audits of their archives. Researchers in digital preservation and developers of preservation tools and techniques will also find valuable practical information here.