Our digital preservation strategy applies to the whole of the British Library.
Digital preservation is a lifecycle concern and an organisation’s shared responsibility. This is why our digital preservation strategy applies to the whole of the British Library, not just the digital preservation team alone.
You'll find more details of our activities in the full version of the Digital Preservation Strategy 2017-20 (PDF, 764 KB).
Key strategic activities
The strategy identifies the key activities required to sustain the value of our digital collections over the next few years. These are aligned with the Library’s core purposes of custodianship, research, business, culture, learning and international partnership.
Our strategic priorities are to:
- Deploy a new digital repository and set of preservation tools for long term preservation of collection content and metadata
- Ingest all types of content and metadata for long term preservation into the Library’s new digital repository
- Implement robust processes and reporting mechanisms to provide assurance that content is well managed and preserved
- Ensure timely and reliable access to digital collections content for the Library’s designated community.
Our vision is that by 2020, end-to-end workflows are in place to deliver and preserve our digital collections in a trusted long term digital repository. This is fundamental if we are to achieve our corporate 2020 Vision and guarantee access to future generations.