1. Digital preservation sounds expensive - do we have to do it?

Public archives are likely to acquire digital records from a variety of sources and will need to be able to sustain access to them. If the archive is unable to support digital preservation they will not be able to present the records to users over time.

Archives creating digital surrogates need to remember that these assets will also need to be preserved as well and should be managed through the digital preservation strategy.

A 'paper only' service may lead investors to decide that the archive no is longer helping the organisation to meet its business objectives.

Where can I learn more?

Read the Parsimonious Preservation paper - this paper was first presented at the Online Information Conference 2009:

Parsimonious Preservation paper (PDF, 0.04Mb)

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