Digital Preservation of Research Data

What is it?

Through planning, resource allocation and application of preservation methods and technologies, digital information is becoming accessible and usable by the research community. Unlike its physical counterparts, truly reformatted and “”born-digital”” information is not subject to the challenges of media failure and technological change.

Why is it important?

Information stored on older media (such as punch cards, floppy disks and magnetic tapes) are becoming increasingly difficult to read, owing to challenges around procuring and maintaining their original hardware. Digital preservation efforts offer a number of benefits but still have perceived high ownership costs and a lack of return on investment.

What to do next?

Amidst advances in technology, we need to regularly address the maintenance and viability of legacy storage solutions and the migration of information to emerging media. In collaboration with library services and the museums, ICT needs to take an active role in the preservation of research data.