There are generally two approaches to long-term preservation of digital materials
- preserving the object in its original form as much as possible along with the accompanying systems,
- migration or transformation: transforming the object to make it compatible with more current systems but retaining the original “look and feel.
The characteristics of digital objects that must be preserved over time inAn important goal of digital preservation is more than just retrieving the objects, it is to ensure the authenticity of the information. A digital object can change as long as the final output is what it is expected to be. The properties to preserve come from the purpose of the object, and at least one purpose for the object needs to be defined. Archivists have created standards that look at records in the context of their creation, intended use and preservation. It is important to ask what features of the object is important when delivering to the user. There may be many uses to many communities that were not intended by the object creator, so we should not let the ideal limit the reasonable.
order to ensure the continued accessibility, usability, and meaning of the
objects, and their capacity to be accepted as evidence of what they purport