Digital preservation at the Libraries
The Libraries’ supports the preservation of digital media in various forms, including research data and digital records transferred and donated to, or deposited with the Libraries. Learn more about our digital preservation strategy and services.
Our digital preservation strategy
Information and knowledge are increasingly created and accessed in a digital environment. Active preservation efforts are required to address continuous technological change and extend the life of born-digital and digitized records, which have an average lifespan of 5-15 years without ongoing management.
Digital records are susceptible to file degradation and corruption, while the software and hardware required to read and access these files may become obsolete overtime, rendering the material inaccessible.
Our digital preservation strategy responds to these concerns as they relate to records transferred or donated to and deposited with the Libraries, by ensuring viable long-term solutions and enduring access to stable and sustainable formats throughout the various stages of the records’ lifecycle so that these materials may remain accessible and reusable over time.