We spent a week at iPRES listening to, learning from, and sharing with professionals from the remarkably diverse digital preservation realm. Archivists, librarians, scholars and curators met under a shared understanding of digital information repository systems and mechanisms. While the questions around setting up workflows around digital preservation remain challenging in various domains - what are best practices?; what do other organisations’ workflows look like? - we’ve recently been focusing on issues surrounding contemporary narrative formats.
Heritage institutions are responsible for safeguarding a culture’s, a people’s, a nation’s, a crowd’s, a village’s analogue as well as digital, offline and online creations. One of the big challenges of the digital age for institutions like ours is making sure that we capture media sources before they disappear - a challenge that was significantly smaller when a unified, bound, and marked end product could last on a shelf for some time before being properly catalogued and put into storage. For many of these new formats, there is no time to wait: the time to collect them is now.