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The Importance Of Digital Preservation

by Naresh Sarwan on April 14, 2010

This video produced by the US Library Of Congress, outlines why it is important for all organisations to preserve digital assets and how technological progress is also a factor to consider in any preservation strategy (running time 3 mins 10 secs).

“Traditional information sources such as books, photos and sculptures can easily survive for years, decades or even centuries but digital items are fragile and require special care to keep them useable. Rapid technological changes also affect digital preservation. As new technologies appear, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content.  This video explores the complex nature of the problem, how digital content – unlike content on traditional media — depends on technology to make it available and requires active management to ensure its ongoing accessibility.” [Watch Video]

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