Understanding Digital Preservation

Beagrie, N., & Jones, M. (2008). Digital Preservation Handbook. Digital Preservation Coalition. Retrieved from http://www.dpconline.org/component/docman/doc_download/299-digital-preservation-handbook-digital-preservation-handbook?q=handbook.

The Digital Preservation Handbook’s contents start on page 18, and the section on digital preservation begins on page 31. This handbook is written for information professionals, but many others may find it to be of use.

Cohen, D. J., & Rosenzweig, R. (2005). The fragility of digital materials. In: Digital history: A guide to gathering, preserving, and presenting the past on the web. University of Pennsylvania Press. Retrieved from http://chnm.gmu.edu/digitalhistory/preserving/1.php.

This essay explores why digital formats are fragile and at-risk.


Digital Preservation Best Practices and Guidelines


This collection of resources, guidelines, and best practices from the State Library and Archives of North Carolina was funded by an LSTA grant. It has advice for creating files, managing files, and more.


Digital Preservation Outreach & Education (DPOE)


This links to DPOE’s curriculum page, which includes several short videos that provide brief overviews of several topics related to digital preservation. Other resources on this site may also be worthwhile.


Levels of Digital Preservation


A chart from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) that illustrates the levels of involvement and complexity that digital preservation efforts may include. It is helpful for individuals and organizations that may be overwhelmed by beginning PDA projects. NDSA recommends working through digital preservation projects one layer at a time, beginning with the easiest concepts, such as keeping duplicate files, and work towards more complex practices, such as migrating file types.