Digital preservation


This page describes the National Library of Australia’s approaches to preserving its digital collections and its digital preservation activities.

The Library defines digital preservation as the processes involved in maintaining the required level of accessibility of digital objects over time. The Library believes that this involves a number of critical elements concerning how digital materials are created, selected, transferred, described, and managed.

Within the Library, the major focus of identifying, collecting and describing digital publications is the archiving of online Australian publications into PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive. More information can be found on the PANDORA web site.

As well as collecting digital materials and managing them for current access, the Library is strongly committed to ensuring long term access to those digital collections for which it accepts preservation responsibility. To this end, the Library:

  • aims to know certain key management information about its digital collections
  • has developed a Digital Preservation Policy which sets out the principles that guide its digital preservation activities
  • has developed a Digital Preservation Directions Statement 2008 to 2012 which sets out its digital preservation priorities for the medium term
  • identifies and monitors risks for its digital collections
  • uses an evolving Digital Preservation Action Plan to prioritise and direct its digital preservation work
  • has a long-standing program of projects to develop tools, procedures and infrastructure to manage the preservation of its digital collections
  • has a long-standing commitment to working with others in developing ways to address its own digital preservation responsibilities and to share information about digital preservation (see Collaboration & information sharing)
  • makes available staff papers which include published and unpublished papers and conference presentations.


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