Advantages And Disadvantages Of Digital Preservation

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Advantages :
1. Information in any format that has been evaluated archived and preserved.
2. Easy accessibility and availability.
3. The data can be easy to reformat, edit and print.
4. An exact copy of the original can be made any number of times without any degradation in quality.
5. Multiple accesses. The same resources can be used at the same time by a number of users.
6. No physical storage space required .
7. Information retrieval can be done.
Disadvantages :
1. Digital storage media, whether magnetic or optical , are subject to relatively rapid decay.
2. Digital information is machine dependent, and to be read accurately and it need specific computer hardware and software. Hardware and software become obsolete in cycles or less than three or five years.
3. Any preservation strategy will require th permission from the copyright holders.
4. Requires staff expertise and
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India has the expertise to meet the challenge and to set up digital libraries in the country. Information technology continues to evolve, as does the digital preservation community, new projects are being created on a regular basis, shared registries and tools are constantly developing and growing. With the advent of digital preservation , the priority was to preserve the content rather than the support. For many institutions, digital preservation is a new challenge and they are just beginning to confront the policy technological and human resource implications of digital preservation. There is a need to compile and distribute a set of guidelines, standards and best practices for digital preservation. Promote the concept of the “ Will to preserve and provide permanent access” by encouraging work – based training. Due to this environment the digital archivist may face many challenges for establishing a successful long-term digital preservation

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