Digital preservation is an emergent and rapidly developing field. It must both anticipate and respond to changes in the wider technical environment. The British Library maintains an active research and development (R&D) programme to achieve this.
Integrated Preservation Suite project (IPS)
Our main R&D project is the Integrated Preservation Suite (IPS). This will deliver a collection of linked and scalable technical components to devise, test and run preservation plans. These linked components will mitigate against risks like technological obsolescence.
Technological obsolescence is the inevitable by-product of technical advancement that threatens ongoing access to items stored in legacy formats or created on legacy computing environments. If we do nothing to manage it then we will be unable to provide access to our digital collections beyond the lifespan of the technologies within which they were created.
Our areas of research
Other areas of research include:
- software preservation
- representation information registries
- digital forensics
- virus checking
- information packaging
- preservation of mobile eBook apps
- format analyses
- requirements for the preservation of new and emerging formats of digital content
You can read more about many of these initiatives on our dedicated project pages.
- SCAPE (2011 – 2014)
- APARSEN (2011 – 2014)
- SPRUCE (2012-2013)
- AQuA (2011)
- POCOS (2009-2011)
- Planets (2006-2010)
- LIFE: LIFE 1 (2005-2006), LIFE 2 (2007-2008), LIFE 3 (2009-2010)
- InSPECT (2007-2009)
- Preserv: Preserv 1 (2005-2007), Preserv 2 (2007-2009)
- EVIE (2004-2007)
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