Getty Archives: Saving Electronic Records from Rot and Decay

The Getty Iris: Saving Electronic Records from Rot and Decay. “In the past, digital files have come to us hidden within paper collections on old floppy disks and CDs. In more recent years, staff have been actively transferring their files to us through hard drives, network drives, email, and drop boxes. The files we deal with encompass your standard text documents and photographs, but also sound and video files, emails, databases, CAD files, digital art installations, and even the Getty’s website and social media presence. How do we handle all this? Well, Institutional Archives’ strategy for preserving born-digital files is very much a work in progress. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find any organization that has digital preservation completely figured out.”

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