The UNESCO/PERSIST Guidelines for the Selection of Digital Heritage for Long-Term Preservation were developed to assist practitioners make informed decisions about digital resources to be kept for long term access.
The Second Edition
The PERSIST Content Task Force, under the Preservation Subcommittee of UNESCO Memory of the World, is now excited to debut the second edition of these Guidelines. This new edition updates and expands on the first edition of the Guidelines, launched in 2016.
This update was made possible through the work of an expert writing group, including representatives from UNESCO, IFLA, the International Council on Archives (ICA), and the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
The Guidelines are currently available in English, Spanish, and Arabic, with thanks to UNESCO for supporting translations.
Given the complexity of digital preservation, this new edition has been expanded to two parts:
- “The Impact of Digital Preservation on Selection Decisions” introduces readers to the unique challenges of digital preservation, the considerations they must make when setting up a selection policy, and tools they can use to guide these decisions.
- “A Deeper Look at Collecting in the Digital Environment” takes an even deeper look at digital preservation, exploring institution-specific considerations for practitioners in museums, archives, and libraries, and offering an extended chapter on the impact of the legal environment on selection decisions.
Also new to this edition are several appendices, offering an even deeper dive into specific forms of digital material.
The PERSIST Content Task Force acknowledges the vast array of digital material, and the many different contexts in which selection decisions are made. Therefore, the Guidelines are not presented as a “one-size-fits-all” solution, but rather a starting point to communicate key concepts and tools that practitioners might consider in their own context.
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