Technological Support Levels

The following guidelines distinguish the broad levels of support effort the Libraries will use to address its stated objectives. Support effort and preservation strategy is guided by a number of appraisal criteria, including uniqueness, relative risk of loss, and feasibility/cost of preservation.  Digital preservation staff, along with content experts, who understand the enduring value of content, in consultation with record analysts and system administrators, make these decisions. 

Fundamental Support Level 

  • Reasonable effort will be made to ensure long-term preservation for digital objects under this stewardship level.  A moderate level of available resources (staff, technologies, funding) will be considered for use.  Treatment strategies will be selected from widely available best practices and may include fixity, validation, geographic replication, and others as developed.  

Advanced Support Level

  • All effort will be made to ensure long-term preservation for digital objects identified at this level. A high level of available resources (staff, technologies, funding) will be considered for use. In addition to the strategies under the fundamental support level, strategies here may also include migration, emulation, normalization, and the development of material-specific solutions.