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IDEALS Digital Preservation Support Policy
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IDEALS Digital Preservation Support
Policy
Committed to building and maintaining collections for the use of students, faculty,
scholars, and the public long into the future, the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign assumes an obligation to ensure long-term access to the materials
deposited into IDEALS and their intellectual content, but also acknowledges the
inherent challenges involved in preserving digital content.
To this end, the IDEALS Digital Preservation Support Policy defines the categories
of preservation support available and provides specific information about where
different file formats fit within these categories. This policy is subject to change as
new and emerging technologies impact our ability to preserve deposited content.
Table of Contents
IDEALS Digital Preservation Support Policy
Background
Categories of Preservation Support
Category 1 - Highest Confidence - Full Support
Category 2 - Moderate Confidence - Intermediate Support
Category 3 - Low Confidence - Basic Preservation Only
Table of Preservation Actions
Background
Our ability to preserve digital objects deposited in IDEALS is dependent, among
other things, on whether the file format used:
Is openly documented (more preservable) or proprietary (less preservable);
Is supported by a range of software platforms (more preservable) or by only
one (less preservable);
Is widely adopted (more preservable) or has low use (less preservable);
Is lossless data compression (more preservable) or lossy data
compression(less preservable); and
Contains embedded files or embedded programs/scripts, like macros (less
preservable).
All digital objects deposited to IDEALS will receive a basic level of preservation.
Basic preservation means that IDEALS will preserve the viability of the original
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