The long-term preservation of the digital heritage: the case of universities institutional repositories


The article faces the problems related to long-term preservation of the digital archives content. Archival material requires a special attentio due to credibility, juridical value, moral and legal rights, and privacy. The need to ensure accessibility and integrity of informatic data is a problem that involves all aspects and fields of informatization, and it is closely related to metadata choice and duplication. Through the analysis of the case-study represented by cIrcle, the istitutional digital repository della University of British Columbia (UBC), the article shows problems, risks, and solutions in managing a digital archive, showing that the professional experience of archivists can be useful in order to develop technological systems for non-archivistic contents.


Archival materials; Digital preservation; Institutional repositories; InterPARES3; University archives

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