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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Preservation of Digital Heritage and the Role of Conservator

By the term “digital heritage” we mean the entire information that is created or/and saved in digital files through computer software. Digital heritage is an indispensable part of our modern history and will become increasingly important in the future. The preservation of digital heritage is as important as the preservation of antiquities or works of art. The problem of preserving digital heritage data is a difficult one due to the huge volume and diversity of digital files. Although various methodologies have been proposed for its solution, with migration being a common one, these proposals do not always follow careful ethical consideration. Conservators can contribute to the preservation of digital heritage as the conservation profession has long adopted strong ethical principles for museum objects which can be applied to “digital objects” as well. The role of the conservator in digital preservation is emphasized in this article alongside the urgent need for establishment of relevant educational prerequisites.