digital preservation

n. the management and protection of digital information to ensure authenticity, integrity, reliability, and long-term accessibility


Digital preservation represents the utilization of management activities, strategies, best practices and standards, and policies and procedures to guarantee ongoing access to digitized and born-digital information, despite the challenges of technological change, media deterioration, hardware/software obsolescence, human error, and intentional harm. Digital preservation efforts seek to provide accurate and authentic rendering of content, while ensuring its future functionality and usability over time.