LIBRARY SUPPORT FOR RESEARCHERS
In a digital environment, electronic files have a relatively short lifespan and are susceptible to file degradation and corruption, while the software and hardware required to read and access the files may be obsolete, rendering the material inaccessible. Digital Strategies is developing an OAIS compliant Digital Preservation Program to ensure enduring access to stable and sustainable formats so that they may be understandable and usable in the future.
How do the Libraries support Digital Preservation?
The Libraries use a Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device to ensure digital records are captured in a way that ensures an authentic, bit-for-bit copy of the data is preserved. Learn more about FRED and how it supports the appraisal, processing, and preservation of digital records.
To better understand a record's context, the Libraries generates and manages metadata to ensure that digital objects are identifiable and discoverable. Donors of digital content who seek to create their own metadata are encouraged to consult the Digital Strategies team.
FILE FORMATS AND STORAGE MEDIA
Digital records come in different formats and are stored on a variety of storage devices. The Libraries supports the preservation of many media types and formats. If you are interesting in donating digital records to the Libraries, contact the Digital Strategies team to ensure that your records can be accessed, read and preserved.
The Libraries utilizes an Archive-It subscription to capture a number of webpages at different points in time. These webpages are then made available through the Internet Archive. Contact Research Services and Digital Strategies to lean more about web archiving, or make a request to archive a website or webpage.