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Digital preservation refers to the reliable preservation of digital information for several decades or even centuries. Hardware, software, and file formats will become outdated, while the information must be preserved. Reliable digital preservation requires active monitoring of information integrity and anticipation of various risks. Metadata, which describes for example the information content, provenance information and how the content can be used, has a key role in this.
Selection of data for long-term preservation should be based on integrity, originality and geographic coverage. Data retained must tender a contribution to the scientific knowledgebase. The data may be used to inform national policy making or in an international context. Consider:
Source: Rice, R. C. (2016). Data librarian's handbook. London: Facet Publishing.