- Digital Preservation resources from the NEDCC: "The resources offered here include tools developed by NEDCC as well as links to organizations that support the research and development of digital preservation tools, standards, and best practices."
Identifying Data Storage Formats
- Data Formats (Museum of Obsolete Media): "From Jacquard Loom cards to PlayStation Vita memory cards, the history of data storage on removable media. Comprising punched cards, disks, ROM cartridges, memory cards, magnetic tape and more."
- Lost Formats: "The society was founded in 2000 with the design of Emigre issue 57. Its sole purpose is to save formats from obscurity. This overview of Lost Formats is not presented in any particular order and not in any way complete."
- The Lifespan of Storage Media: "As each new form of data storage comes on the scene, the market is at first enamored with its compactness, convenience and hoped-for data longevity. But invariably, the reality of physical vulnerability and a limited lifespan remains."
- Know Your Media (by the University of Texas at San Antonio Library): "A reference guide to the most common types of digital storage media found in collecting institutions as reported by participants in the Society of American Archivists’ Jump In initiatives."
Collection Assessment Tools
- Center for Research Libraries: Other Assessment Tools] (for Digital Preservation)
- NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation: "The “Levels of Digital Preservation"are a tiered set of recommendations for how organizations should begin to build or enhance their digital preservation activities. A work in progress by the NDSA, it is intended to be a relatively easy-to-use set of guidelines useful not only for those just beginning to think about preserving their digital assets, but also for institutions planning the next steps in enhancing their existing digital preservation systems and workflows. It allows institutions to assess the level of preservation achieved for specific materials in their custody, or their entire preservation infrastructure. It is not designed to assess the robustness of digital preservation programs as a whole since it does not cover such things as policies, staffing, or organizational support. The guidelines are organized into five functional areas that are at the heart of digital preservation systems: storage and geographic location, file fixity and data integrity, information security, metadata, and file formats."
Further reading and watching (conference presentations, webinars, blog posts, journal articles)
- The Signal: Digital Preservation blog from the Library of Congress
- Digital Preservation Education: Who Should I Follow? lists other blogs and social media accounts about digital preservation
Digital Preservation in the News
- Fenton, Will. 2015. "The Death and Life of Digital Archives". Slate.