Digital preservation is currently a hot topic in the world of heritage, culture and memory institutions. Many people are talking about it and some organisations have a strategy in place and are in the process of digitally preserving their assets in some shape or form.

There are however a large number of institutions who are just starting out and who are trying to get to grips with the basics. Some of these professionals, and you might be one of them, are asking themselves “what exactly is it?” and “where do I start?” and “what do I need to do to be able to say that I’m on the digital preservation ladder?” – and many more questions besides.

To help you along, we’ve produced a digital preservation how-to eBook that aims to provide a helping hand.

Digital preservation eBook

Start with the basics

The Beginner’s Guide to Digital Preservation answers fundamental questions about what the basics are, how to get started, and serves as a jumping-off point in helping define the system that will get you on the ladder.

It’s undeniably about the basics and keeps its feet firmly on the ground in focusing on the (very few) fundamental building blocks you need.

It starts by defining what we mean by digital preservation and describing what kind of digital preservation the book is going to focus on – just so everyone’s on the same page. It then asks how you’ll know if you need it and what to do if you do (how to get on the first rung of the ladder).

Are you ready?

Having taken you through what the basic building blocks of a typical, basic system look like and what their key characteristics are, it takes you through a Case Study from New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and then points you at some other resources that you might find useful.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a checklist to assess your readiness and preparedness to get on that all-important first rung of the digital preservation ladder.

It’ll only take you 15-20 minutes to read and could transform how you approach this all-important ‘memory’ initiative.

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