Introduction to Digital Preservation


Teaching: 5 min
Exercises: 0 min
  • What is digital preservation and why should I care?

  • Understand the benefits of a digital preservation workflow.

  • Understand how to start utilizing digital preservation.

Digital preservation is the active management of digital content over time to ensure ongoing access

Digital Data by Randall Munroe,

Digital Data by Randall Munroe,

Digital preservation does NOT mean that everything should be digitized

Instead, digital preservation emphasizes the stewardship of born-digital and digitized objects throughout their lifecycle:

Digital Content Life Cycle, by DigitalNZ,

Digital Content Life Cycle by DigitalNZ,

The three keys to creating long-term access to digital objects are:

Preservation is a means to provide access for future generations

Obstacles to the preservation of digital objects:

Obstacles to curating digital objects:

Obstacles to maintaining digital object discoverability:

Key Points

  • The goal of digital preservation is to provide long term accessibility to digitized and born-digital materials.

  • Digital preservation can be applied at every level.