1. Do we need to employ a specialist to do digital preservation?

The need for a specialist will depend on the scale of the operation both in terms of volume of records anticipated, and the types of formats they are held in.   Many established archival skills (such as description, appraisal, access and service provision) can be modified to manage digital preservation.  These modified skills can be integrated into business as usual with minimal impact or requirements for specialists.  

Alternatives for sourcing specialist knowledge could be:

  • the use of existing expertise within the organisation (for example, the ICT department)
  • sharing knowledge and experiences within your archival network
  • contracting out the service (or parts of it) to a third party either as a shared service or individually, depending on need and scale

Where can I learn more?

See 'Where can I learn more?' in question 1 of 'Understanding'.