Digital preservation

Information is an important part of our cultural and scientific heritage. Historical events, cultural achievements and in particular scientific findings are increasingly recorded exclusively in electronic form.

Apart from numerous advantages, especially with regard to easier usage, these changes also entail various challenges for cultural heritage institutions. For example, a consequence of the rapid technological progress is that hardware and software environments, data carriers and file formats are ageing quickly. This means an acute danger to the usability of digital objects, hence also to important sources for science and research.

Digital preservation means a comprehensive extension of the range of tasks of archiving scientific and cultural information supply institutions. In addition to known and continuously applied methods of preservation of analog media (e.g. mass deacidification), new measures to ensure long-term availability of digital information are becoming ever more important.

Goportis has recognised the responsibility of digital preservation and, jointly with national and international cooperation partners, is currently designing a digital preservation strategy. Appropriate strategies for permanent usability of digital data are developed by bundling resources, knowledge and experience. With respect to this, Goportis is striving for joint technical implementation.

An important milestone of the successful cooperation is the preservation pilot project in which a dp system has been collaborated on since April 2010.