Digital material is just as susceptible to obsolescence as analog formats. There are different strategies that can be implemented, and they are developing a format migration framework for migration projects at Harvard. The viability of this framework will be tested by migrating three obsolete formats within the Digital Repository Service: Kodak PhotoCD, SMIL playlists and RealAudio. A first step is determine the stakeholders and responsible parties, since a digital preservation project cannot begin without knowing the stakeholders.
A diagram of the Migration Workflow shows each step of the process from gathering documentation for initial analysis to ingest of the migrated content into the repository. A Migration Pathway diagram shows how content will be transformed by a migration. They hope that analyzing the technical and infrastructural challenges of each format and putting this into a template that can be adapted will help the digital preservation field.