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Digital preservation   (French Equivalent: Préservation numérique)

DefinitionThe process of maintaining, in a condition suitable for use, materials produced in digital formats, including preservation of the bit stream and the continued ability to render or display the content represented by the bit stream. The task is compounded by the fact that some digital storage media deteriorate quickly ("bit rot"), and the digital object is inextricably entwined with its access environment (software and hardware), which is evolving in a continuous cycle of innovation and obsolescence. Also refers to the practice of digitizing materials originally produced in nondigital formats (print, film, etc.) to prevent permanent loss due to deterioration of the physical medium.

ODLIS : Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science, by Joan M. Reitz, 2007
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Broader Term ↑Conservation (artistic environment)
Related Terms ↔Digital archaeology
Digital curation