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Digital preservation is a set of activities aimed towards ensuring access to digital materials over time. In the United States digital preservation tends to be interpreted as the life-cycle management of materials from the point of their creation, while in the United Kingdom the term digital curation is used for life-cycle management while digital preservation is reserved for those activities specifically geared towards future accessibility.
- Caplan, Priscilla. "Chapter 1: What Is Digital Preservation?" Library Technology Reports 44, no. 2 (February/March 2008): 7-9.
Resources for Digital Preservation
Digital Preservation - Library of Congress
This site presents information about National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) partners and initiatives, along with details about digital preservation standards and best practices, tools and services and education and training. There is also a substantial section on personal digital archiving that focuses on tips and guidance for how individuals and families can preserve their digital memories.
Digital Preservation: An Introduction to the Basic Concepts
This session discusses the fundamentals of digital preservation. After the session, attendees will be able to define digital preservation, discuss significant threats to digital materials, describe tools for addressing these threats, explain three key concepts of digital preservation, and be able to identify sources for further information on the topic.
The Preservation of Digital Materials
Library Technology Reports 44, no. 2 (February/March 2008), written by Priscilla Caplan.This issue of Library Technology Reports is intended to provide a relatively brief, comprehensive introduction to digital preservation.
Definitions of Digital Preservation - ALCTS
(2007) These definitions have been developed to promote an understanding of digital preservation within the library community, as well as our allied professions and the user communities we exist to serve. This draft is presented to mark our current understanding of digital preservation and encourage further development of these ideas.
Digital Preservation - NEDCC
NEDCC has provided education on digital preservation since the establishment of its landmark School for Scanning conference (now Digital Directions) in 1995. The resources offered here include tools developed by NEDCC as well as links to organizations that support the research and development of digital preservation tools, standards, and best practices.
Books on Digital Preservation
Practical Digital Preservation: A How-to Guide for Organizations of Any Size by
Publication Date: 2013
This very practical guide, offering a comprehensive overview of best practice, is aimed at the non-specialist, assuming only a basic understanding of IT and offering guidance as to how to implement strategies with minimal time and resources. Digital preservation has become a critical issue for institutions of all sizes but until recently has mostly been the preserve of national archives and libraries with the resources, time and specialist knowledge available to experiment.
Digital Preservation by
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
The rise of the Internet and the rapid expansion of electronic information present new challenges for librarians who must acquire, store, organize, preserve, and disseminate this information to their users.