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Digital Preservation

Building a trusted digital repository

Modern records are almost always created in a digital format. Dalhousie Libraries are responding to this reality by developing a digital preservation program based on international standards.

Digital preservation at the Dalhousie Libraries has five major components:

  1. Preservation planning – Preservation planning is the foundation of all successful digital preservation programs. Planning allows institutions to set short- and long-term agendas that are based upon assessment data and stategic goals.
  2. File format policy registry (FPR) – There are thousands of file formats and each format requires a preservation strategy that involves identification, validation, normalization policies, etc.
  3. Metadata – The Libraries is implementing tools and procedures that will support the creation and and preservation of metadata that is essential to long-term digital preservation and access.
  4. Digital forensics - The Archives maintains a small digital forensics lab to support the acquisition and appraisal of born-digital archival material. Forensic workflows help identify personal and confidential information and reduce long-term digital storage requirements.
  5. Research and development – The Libraries contributes to and participates in institutional and community-led research and development in areas including electronic records management, digitization, digital forensics, and research data management.

More information will be added to this site as procedures and workflows are developed.