Logo Born Digital: Collecting for the future

Born Digital 2016: collecting for the future, an initiative of National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA), highlighted the importance of collecting and preserving digital content so it's accessible to you into the future.

Over the period of a week, 8-12 August, Born Digital 2016 explored the questions around collecting and preserving digital content through a series of fascinating online interviews with expert speakers.

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From our blog

Your digital National Library

Thirty years ago we recognised the importance of preserving digital content for future use. In those days digital content came to us on floppy disks. Now, with the momentous launch of our edeposit service, publishers lodge online stories, ebooks, journals, magazines and other content types.

Today our digital collection is a huge 4.8 petabytes (approximately 5 million gigabytes) in volume and includes:

  • the earliest floppy disks and CD-ROMs produced in Australia
  • websites from 1995 onwards
  • digital audio captured from earlier and now obsolete formats
  • digital archives created by prominent Australians
  • 22 million pages of digitised newspapers.

You can access our digital content through:

To safeguard the national digital collection and make it accessible, we use workflows and systems to achieve best practice in the management, preservation and delivery of digital content.