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Digital Preservation


What is Digital Preservation?

Digital preservation encompasses all necessary processes that ensure the long-term accessibility of digital records as well as surrogates produced to preserve analog records. The complex nature of digital records dictates several differences between the preservation of digital and analog materials. 

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 capture also includes the preservation and accessibility of related metadata.

With the ever-increasing volume and technical complexity of digital records, Concordia University Records Management and Archives (RMA) has implemented a Digital Archives Preservation Strategy (DAPS) in response to preservation and management challenges related to digital records.


John Richan
Digital Archivist

Records Management and Archives
514-848-2424, x4345

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