Questions and Findings of the Preservation Task Force
- What methods,
procedures and rules of long-term preservation are in use or being
of these meet the conceptual requirements for authenticity
identified in Domain I?
methods of long-term preservation need to be developed?
of these methods are required or subject to standards, regulations
and guidelines in specific industry or institutional settings?
- What are the procedural methods of authentication for preserved
- In what way can archival description be a method of authentication
for electronic records?
- In what way can appraisal and acquisition/accession reports
be constructed to allow for the authentication of electronic
- What are the procedures for certifying electronic records
when they cross technical boundaries (e.g., refreshing, copying,
migrating) to preserve their authenticity?
- What are
the technical methods of authentication for preserved electronic
- What are
the principles and criteria for media and storage management that
are required for the preservation of authentic electronic records?
- What are
the responsibilities for the long-term preservation of authentic
The main products resulting from the work of the Preservation Task Force are a survey
of current preservation practices in the area of electronic
records, a white paper on storage
media for digital information storage and a model
of the activities involved in the preservation of authentic
electronic records. The major activities represented in the preservation
the preservation process;
in electronic records;
electronic records; and
main findings of the Preservation Task Force include the following:
records cannot be preserved as such; only the ability to reproduce
them can be preserved.
that the processes of storage and retrieval imply transformations
both physical and of presentation, the traditional concept of
unbroken chain of custody must be extended to include the processes
necessary to ensure the unaltered transmission of the record through
cannot determine the solution to the long-term preservation of
needs define the problem and archival principles must establish
the correctness and adequacy of each technical solution.
to the preservation problem are inherently dynamic.
Task Force Final Report provides a detailed account of all aspects
of the process of preservation, with recommendations relating to
the main requirements for implementation.
for the Preservation Task Force are located here.