Digital preservation

The mission of the Digital Preservation and Repository Technologies Department is to provide contemporary and enduring access to digital objects under the collection stewardship of the University Libraries, through the application of professional digital preservation methodologies, standards, and technologies.

Digital preservation at the Libraries

The need to develop strategy and take action in the area of digital preservation and data archiving has grown significantly in the Libraries and at the University in recent years. In response, the Libraries aspire to take a campus leadership role in digital preservation and data archiving.

This work is accomplished through the delivery and support of robust high quality discovery, access, management, and preservation systems, achieved in coordination with relevant Libraries’ and campus departments, and other University and external partners and collaborators.

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Learn more

Resources relating to the digital preservation program at the University of Minnesota Libraries provide more details on and link to the following and more: 

Digital preservation framework: The foundational document addressing how the Libraries approach digital preservation. 

Digital preservation activities: Digital preservation encompasses a broad range of activities designed to extend the usable life of machine-readable computer files and protect them from media failure, physical loss, and obsolescence.

Digital preservation practices: The University of Minnesota Libraries uses a multi threaded approach to digital preservation to support the Libraries’ Digital Preservation Framework. 

Digital preservation guides: Created by University of Minnesota Libraries staff while researching possible tools for processing, managing, and preserving electronic records, these guides describe the main purpose of the tool or program, where it can be found, and how to use the tool.

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