Digital preservation is more than just saving data online or on your computer. All hardware and software will eventually fail. Therefore, we use a combination of policies, strategies, and actions to help preserve digital files.
Some steps include:
In a library setting, we take additional steps to preserve data for as long as possible. But there are some things you can do before you donate your digital records that will help:
Websites can be part of your digital collection too!
Web archiving includes capturing websites, their embedded content, preserving, and storing them in a separate repository for future access. Due to the changing nature of websites, web archiving ensures that we preserve information on sites as they evolve. Over time, the regular captures of one site creates a database-like environment where you can view a site's changes.
When completing your Description of Gift Form, you'll be asked about which websites should be included or excluded from web archiving.