Preserving your records for the future

Preserving records means ensuring that they are accessible for as long as required. You can preserve paper records by carrying out safe handling, transporting, display and storage in a controlled storage environment.

Digital and audiovisual records are more complex. In addition to careful handling, transporting and storage in specific storage environments, these records must be migrated to new platforms and formats. Migration helps avoid obsolescence and ensures that the information contained within records continues to be accessible and understood as long as is required.

Remember that your records will deteriorate, whether they are paper, photographic, digital or audiovisual. While the rate of deterioration will differ, the lifespan of your records and the information they contain will depend on the preservation actions you apply.

This section of the website provides you with specific information and advice for the preservation of paper, photographic, digital and audiovisual records.

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