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To effectively inventory and plan for the long-term preservation of your digital assets it is essential to have an understanding of the complexity of digital preservation. The series of online presentations and the accompanying resources in Preserving Electronic Records in Colleges and Universities: Getting Your Program Off the Ground provide the necessary background information to begin thinking about digital preservation on your campus.
It is important to understand that digital preservation requires the input of a diverse group of stakeholders including archivists, records managers, information technology professionals and campus administrators. Implementing these tools and creating an electronic records plan for your campus is best undertaken by a committee that includes representatives from these stakeholder groups.
To begin planning for the future of your digital assists you must begin with an electronic records inventory.