The challenges of digital preservation
“Digital preservation” is about ensuring future access to digital material. The challenge is that most storage mediums have a limited lifetime, and hardware, software and file formats may be technically outdated after a period of time. “Best practice” has been to work around the core of the problem by committing to a never-ending cycle of data migrations, transferring a growing amount of data to newer platforms.
Data migrations are costly and risky. Data can be corrupted or lost during the migrations. And are you confident you will always have the financial resources needed to carry out the migrations?