CoSector Blog

When is it a Good Time for a File Format Migration?

When we taught the subject of file format migration, we advanced the idea that migration, although one of the oldest and best-understood methods of enacting digital preservation, can still carry risks of loss.

May 22, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

The Meaning of the Term Archive

In this blog post I should like to disambiguate uses of the word “archive”. I have found the term is often open to misunderstandings and misinterpretation. Since I come from a traditional archivist background, I will begin with a definition whose...

Mar 20, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

How to Capture and Preserve Electronic Newsletters

This blog post is based on a real-world case study. It happens to have come from a UK Higher Education institute, but the lessons here could feasibly apply to anyone wishing to capture and preserve electronic newsletters.

Mar 10, 2017

Topic: Higher Education, Digital Preservation

Dynamic Links – What Do They Mean For Digital Preservation?

Today I’d like to think about the subject of dynamic links. I’m hoping to start off in a document management context, but it also opens up questions from a digital preservation point of view. 

Feb 22, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

Research Datasets: Lockdown or Snapshot?

In today’s blog post we’re going to talk about digital preservation planning in the context of research data. We’re planning a one-day course for research data managers, where we can help with making preservation planning decisions that intersect...

Jan 18, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

Pros and Cons of the JPEG2000 Format For a Digitisation Project

When it comes to selecting file formats for a digitisation project, choosing the right ones may help with continuity and longevity, or even access to the content. It all depends on the type of resource, or your needs, or the needs of your users.

Jan 11, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

Six Reasons Higher Education Should Think About Preserving Research Data

What does it mean? Digital preservation is a way of planning a strategy for the long-term continuity and survival of important digital objects such as documents, images, other digital files, and outputs from research data. Although it's often...

Dec 16, 2016

Topic: Digital Preservation

Five Benefits of a Digitisation Programme

We see digitisation as a form of project management, and any managed project needs to have at least three core things – costs, risks, and benefits. It’s important to think about the benefits that a digitisation programme will bring, and not just...

Dec 12, 2016

Topic: Digital Preservation