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Posted by Philip Clegg on 06-Jul-2018 11:30:54

What are the Future Challenges of Digital Preservation?

We were recently invited to the first episode of the Digital Preservation Futures webinar by the DPC (Digital Preservation Coalition) to discuss our web archiving project for The National Archives (TNA) and share our insights about the future challenges of digital preservation. Read on to learn more.

The future challenges of digital preservation

Secure, immediate access to digital information has become fundamental to decision making and business success, driving innovation and meeting privacy, regulatory and legal requirements.

Every organisation needs or wants to keep significant amounts of digital information derived from web and social channels for a wide range of important reasons.

But the web is changing and there are future challenges of digital preservation we must meet to deliver state-of-the-art web and social media archiving solutions:

Tech

A lot of websites are still archivable, but some modern sites heavily use JavaScript, Ajax and Apache, and the traditional Heritrix archiver isn’t fit for purpose with no standardised solution currently available. This is an area the whole community needs to come together on to work out how to get around this.

Access

The ownership and stability of platforms and the proliferation of apps and collaboration tools presents new challenges and requires innovation. Social channels like Snapchat are difficult to archive because the messages get deleted - we can archive social channels like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, but we must keep up with the changing API’s.

Tech.Access.Speed.Scale (T.A.S.S)

Speed

Keeping in step with the digital evolution and the sheer size and scale of change to come is a challenge in itself. There is also a boardroom knowledge gap/procurement legacy and lack of investment to catch up.

Scale

The increasing amount of data needed to transfer, access and store is increasing daily, and requires solutions to meet the future requirements of Petabytes of data. By harnessing the cloud we have been able to scale our solutions, but this wouldn’t have been possible with a traditional data centre model.

Download the Digital Preservation Futures webinar below to learn about the changing preservation universe and our web and social media archiving solutions.

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How can we meet the future challenges of digital preservation?

  • Tech - we need to develop a new crawler with a unified standard that is future proofed for vendors and consumers.
  • Access - we need to lobby data owners and secure access for the future preservation of the digital universe.
  • Speed - the speed of the digital evolution requires education, collaboration and working together for a joined-up approach to explore new ideas and solutions.
  • Scale - we need to embrace the cloud and harness the benefits for everyone.


If you would like to learn more about the future challenges of digital preservation, download the full episode of the Digital Preservation Futures webinar below.

Find out about the challenges and future of digital preservation

Topics: Social Media Archiving, Website Archiving, Public Sector, Digital Preservation

Philip Clegg

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