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.
8 August: Science and space
What should we do with the vast quantities of complex data produced by astronomy in the 21st century?
9 August: Indigenous voices
How can digital technology help preserve Indigenous culture in a postcolonial world?
10 August: Truth and history
How would our world today be understood in the future if millions of diverse voices were lost?
11 August: Digital lifestyles
How would we feel if we lost our electronic records, and what impact would that have on our history?
12 August: Play
How can we preserve the games we play and our social interactions with them, and why is this important?
From our blog
- Find out what we do when you need to access digital material that is stored on obsolete carriers like floppy disks.
- Learn about the challenges we face making our born-digital content accessible.
- Our digital archivists have put together 4 simple tips for managing your digital records.
- Find out how Floriade, an iconic seasonal event, is preserved by archiving its website.
- How you can contribute your images to Trove through Flickr.
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.