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Digital Preservation Policy

Woodson Research Center’s Digital Preservation Policy provides guidance and authorization for preservation of its digital materials, whether born digital or digitized from analog formats. WRC recognizes digital archival records as requiring thoughtful preservation actions in order to ensure long- term access, similar to analog records’ needs, but more time sensitive. Steps must be taken to ensure the authenticity, reliability and long-term accessibility of these materials. This digital preservation serves the needs of Rice University as our incoming University Archives are increasingly in born- digital format (e-mail, meeting minutes, still images, video files, data sets and more), and many manuscript collections contain electronic formats as well.