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Digitial Initiatives: Digital Preservation

LOC's "Why Digital Preservation is Important for Everyone"

Musings on Digital Preservation

Digital objects, whether born-digital or digitized, (as well as," newer" analog media), are more fragile than paper-based resources.

There's a variety of concerns:

  • format obsolescence
  • migration issues
  • broken hyperlinks
  • versioning
  • corrupted data
  • computer viruses
  • data integrity
  • and much more!


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Harvey, R. (2011). Preserving digital materials. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Saur.

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Library of Congress. (2013, July 24).  Sustainability of digital formats: planning for Library of Congress collections.  Retrieved from

* National Digital Stewardship Alliance. NDSA levels of preservation. Retrieved from


Cornell University Library.  Chamber of horrors: Obsolete and endangered media. Retrieved from

Cornell University Library. Digital preservation management: Implementing short-term strategies for long-term problems. Retrieved from

UMass Amherst Libraries. (2012, May 18). Preserving your digital materials. Retrieved from