Purpose – With heavy ongoing investment in the creation, storage and delivery of electronic content, it is important to consider the long‐term preservation of the resources produced. Design/methodology/approach – A viewpoint paper based on extensive practitioner experience with the management of digitisation, digital preservation, and quality assurance procedures. Findings – The choice of file and media formats for the content can have a significant effect on long‐term access to electronic content. Practical implications – Gives some useful insights on some of the issues surrounding the choice of open or proprietary formats. The paper also examines some of the pitfalls of a proprietary approach and suggests some strategies that might be employed for managing digital content formats in the long‐term. Originality/value – An attempt to provide clear, experience based strategies on how best to engage in the long‐term management of digital content formats.
Library Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2005
Keywords: Digital storage; Information systems; Digital libraries
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