Digital preservation is a new and emerging discipline that presents huge opportunities for easy access to important information for long term knowledge management and legal support. However, it poses a large number of unexpected challenges that are artefacts of the digital age.
Any archiving activity must start with a clear understanding of why you are archiving and what you need to archive as a result. Paper archives offer valuable lessons in best archival practice and this is expanded by the development of new reference models such as the Open Archival Information System now adopted as an ISO standard. There are many alternatives available, many of which are not true archival solutions.