ODAI Launches Digital Preservation Service

August 14, 2012

The Digital Preservation Service is a first step for the cultural and natural heritage organizations at Yale towards eliminating potential loss of access to significant digital collections through technical obsolescence. Digital content is fragile, and the risk of losing valuable investments grows exponentially as time passes. Digital preservation requires an organizational and technical approach to ensure the stability and accessibility of digital information now and into the future.

At this time, the Digital Preservation Service allows any digital files, documents, images, audio and video stored in Yale’s Media Manager to be marked for bit-level digital preservation by content stewards.  Once files are flagged for preservation, they will get a regular “checkup” to make sure they are healthy, extra copies will be written to tape and one of those copies will get stored off-site to protect against a local catastrophe.

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