Digital Preservation

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Digital Preservation Consultation Services

Digital preservation combines policies, strategies and actions to ensure access to reformatted and born digital content regardless of the challenges of media failure and technological change. The goal of digital preservation is the accurate rendering of authenticated content over time (from the the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services).

Library staff are available to provide expert advice on issues affecting the long-term preservation of digital material to researchers and units at the University of Michigan.

Services include:

  • Assistance in developing or improving strategies, policies, and workflows built on good preservation practice.
  • Recommending file format types aimed at long-term access and reuse.
  • Consultation on short, medium, and long-term storage options and approaches.
  • Developing strategies for migration and preservation of content on aging or obsolete media such as floppy and optical disks.

Digital preservation services can be used in conjunction with other Library services, such as Deep Blue, Digital Scholarship Support, Metadata Consultation Services, Research Data Services, and other related services as appropriate.

For more information or to set up a consultation about digital preservation, please contact For more information and resources about digital preservation, see the Digital Preservation Unit’s webpage.

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Last modified: 06/08/2018