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Appraising digital records for long-term preservation

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Terry Eastwood

School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the University of British Columbia, 6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 1Z3.
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This paper aims to extract lessons from archivists' experience of appraising electronic records that are likely to have wider application in the preservation of other digital materials, including scientific data. It relies mainly on the work of the Appraisal Task Force of the InterPARES project on long-term preservation of authentic electronic records to develop a picture of the process of appraisal. It concludes that the aspects of assessment of authenticity, determination of the feasibility of preservation, and monitoring electronic records as they are maintained in the live environment are likely to find counterparts in attempts to appraise digital objects for long-term preservation in the scientific community. It also argues that the activities performed during appraisal constitute the first vital step in the process of preservation of digital materials.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.2481/dsj.3.202
How to Cite: Eastwood, T., (2006). Appraising digital records for long-term preservation. Data Science Journal. 3, pp.202–208. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2481/dsj.3.202
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Published on 05 Jan 2006.
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