Digital Preservation Framework for Risk Assessment and Preservation Planning

NARA developed its Digital Preservation Framework to document and share recommended preservation actions based on its electronic record holdings and current capabilities. It is a comprehensive resource that includes:

  • A Matrix for file format risk analysis and prioritization for action;
  • Preservation Plans for 16 categories of electronic records (or “record types”), such as email, still images, and software, which identify “Significant Properties,” the properties that should, if possible, be retained in any format migration; and
  • Preservation Action Plans for over 650 file formats, including proposed preservation actions and tools.

The Digital Preservation Framework is publicly available on the NARA Github account for reuse and adaptation, and discussion.

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