April 24-30, 2022 is Preservation Week!
Digital Services is committed to ensuring long-term preservation of resources. We utilize and promote good preservation practices.
What preservation programs take place in Digital Services?
Two major programs:
- Digitization for preservation: We protect fragile and rare materials by creating a digital version of them and providing online access.
- Long-term preservation of digital resources: We follow national standards to make sure our digital files remain accessible into the future.
What formats of materials does Digital Services digitize for preservation purposes?
We primarily work with books and paper-based materials, including but not limited to maps, posters, manuscripts, scrapbooks, and photographs. Microfilms and slides are digitized from time to time. Currently, we do not digitize audiovisual materials.
What digital formats does Digital Service preserve in MOspace and MU Digital Library?
Images, text documents, datasets, and audio and video files.
Where do the digital items live/get preserved? Are they free to use?
- HathiTrust Digital Library, MU Digital Library, and MOspace.
- Materials that fall in public domain or we have permission to make available are freely available online in any of the repositories mentioned above.
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