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Digital Preservation

What Is It?

Digital preservation combines policies, strategies and actions to ensure access to reformatted and born digital content regardless of the challenges of media failure and technological change. The goal of digital preservation is the accurate rendering of authenticated content over time. (Source: American Library Association) The process of maintaining, in a condition suitable for use, materials produced in digital formats, including preservation of the bit stream and the continued ability to render or display the content represented by the bit stream. The task is compounded by the fact that some digital storage media deteriorate quickly ("bit rot"), and the digital object is inextricably entwined with its access environment (software and hardware), which is evolving in a continuous cycle of innovation and obsolescence. Also refers to the practice of digitizing materials originally produced in nondigital formats (print, film, etc.) to prevent permanent loss due to deterioration of the physical medium. See, for example, the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, a collaborative initiative of the Library of Congress. The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) was established in 2001 to address the challenges of preserving digital resources in the UK. Synonymous with e-preservation and electronic preservation. (Source: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science)  

What Can I Do With This Background?

Data/digital curator, Web archivist, digital collections manager, digital reformatting specialist, digital preservation project manager.  

In Addition to the Required Core Courses, What Classes Should I Take?

Key electives for this specialization include:

  • 60631 Introduction to Digital Preservation
  • 60633 Digital Curation
  • 60639 Implementation of Digital Libraries
  • 60654 Preservation and Conservation of Heritage Materials

For additional course options for this specialization, please consult with your academic advisor.  

What Professional Organizations Are Relevant to This Career Path?