Digital records

Digital archives can be born-digital, meaning that they were created electronically on a computer or digital device, such as text, databases or digital photographs or film. They can also be digital copies of items, such as scans of older photographs or posters; these are known as digital surrogates.

Surprisingly to some, it’s actually harder to preserve digital material than paper and parchment. This is because of the rapid advancement of technology, which means certain formats become outdated very quickly.

To preserve digital material, we suggest that you create or preserve it in a suitable format and plan to migrate it at regular intervals. Ideally, you should look at open source options.

Our Digital Preservation Policy describes our approach to digital archives.