This resource outlines general advice on issues relating to the preservation and management of electronic records. It is intended for use by anyone involved in the creation of electronic records that may need to be preserved over the long-term, as well as by those responsible for preservation.
This booklet describes the most common historical photographic processes, outlines the causes of deterioration and provides guidelines on good preservation practice. It is aimed at people working or volunteering in libraries, archives and museums whose responsibilities include photographic collections.
Scalable Preservation Environments (SCAPE) was an EU-funded project which addressed long-term digital preservation of large-scale and heterogeneous collections of digital-objects. Much of the guidance will exceed the needs of museums, but SCAPE provides a useful community for people running larger projects.
The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) provides comprehensive guidance on the long-term management of digital cultural heritage and outlines reliable solutions to the challenges of digital preservation.
This resource offers guidance for the preservation of digital records and allows you to download DROID – the National Archives free tool for identifying file formats.
The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is the UK organisation that advocates for digital preservation. It website is a treasure-trove of useful guidance, and their regular newsletter provides updates and insights on best practices for long-term preservation and use.
The DPC’s Digital Preservation Handbook is the authoritative source of information, guidance, specifications and standards for digital preservation, and is an essential reference for anyone thinking about establishing a Digital Preservation Plan for their museum.
If you are new to digital preservation, this video from the American Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is a great place to start. It covers the basic concepts underlying digital preservation, looks at risks to digital material and some of the tools and strategies for managing them.
This great entry-level guide outlines the main issues to consider when developing digital content so that it is more sustainable and capable of being preserved in the medium to long-term.
As part of the Digitising Contemporary Art initiative, the Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk) has produced comprehensive guidelines to developing and implementing strategies for the long-term preservation of digital assets and their associated metadata.
Choosing a collections management system (CMS) is a big investment for an organisation, and the decision should be based on strategic aims and objectives, and both collection and user needs. If you are considering investing in a new CMS, this resource contains some top tips as well as questions to help you in planning.