Preserving your digital assets means they are available for future generations and that you are prepared for future technological developments. The process starts as soon as you take decisions on how to digitise your collections.
When should I consider future-proofing?
One of the most important ways to future-proof digital assets is to ensure that archival standards are applied at the point of digitisation and that copies are made at the highest resolutions possible within your resource constraints.
See How do I digitise? for more guidance on this.
What about managing and preserving digital assets?
- The JISC Strategic Content Alliance has produced a useful Sustainability Health Check Tool for Digital Content Projects. It is designed to support projects as they mature rather than in the initial set-up stages.
- Digital Preservation Briefing in the Digital Preservation Handbook 2 [Digital Preservation Coalition, 2016] sets out a rationale for why funding should be allocated to this area for senior managers, offers a synthesis of current thinking and clarifies how various issues affect decision-making at different stages in the life cycle of digital materials.
- The Digital Preservation Handbook [Digital Preservation Coalition, 2015] itself covers a whole range of topics in depth, such as why digital preservation matters and how to advocate for it, institutional strategies (covering topics such as procurement, compliance, staff training and business cases), organisational activities (such as creation, storage, preservation and metadata), technical solutions and content specific preservation.
- Additions in 2016 include further articles on technical solutions and tools, content specific reservation and institutional strategies.
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