With the ever-increasing volume and technical complexity of digital records, Concordia University Records Management and Archives (RMA) has created a Digital Archives Preservation Strategy (DAPS) in order to respond to challenges linked to the preservation and management of digital records.
What is Digital Preservation?
Digital preservation encompasses all of the processes necessary to ensure the long-term accessibility of digital records as well as surrogates produced to preserve analog records. Due to their nature digital records are more complex and must be preserved in a different way.
What is a Digital Record?
The Society of American Archivists defines a Digital Record [Electronic Record] as, “Data or information that has been captured and fixed for storage and manipulation in an automated system and that requires the use of the system to render it intelligible by a person.” In the context of RMA, this will also include the preservation and accessibility of related metadata.