Digital continuity is the ability to access and use digital records for as long as required, and through organisational, business and technological changes. Ensuring long-term access to records is difficult due to:
- deterioration of storage media, obsolescence of software, storage media, and hardware
- complexities associated with authenticity and integrity of digital records.
Queensland State Archives is working to address these challenges to ensure the continued accessibility of Queensland’s digital public records. This includes planning for a future digital archive.
The scale of the challenge requires a strategic and coordinated response. Recognising that it is not simply a question of technology, we are also developing management and preservation strategies, policies and approaches.
The Digital Continuity Strategy sets out the basis for the work to be undertaken by Queensland State Archives to develop a digital continuity approach for all Queensland public authorities.
Developed after extensive consultation with public authorities, this strategy outlines the strategic objective, activities and guiding principles for ensuring digital public records can remain accessible, authentic and meaningful over time, in a cost-effective and strategic manner, despite the obsolescence of hardware, software and media.
For more information on the results of consultation to examine the digital archiving practices of Queensland public authorities that informed the development of the strategy, go to Investigating digital continuity practices.
Queensland State Archives is now working on a staged program of work to realise the strategy.
Queensland State Archives will be releasing policy, advice and guidance material to support digital continuity in public authorities.
Forums are regularly held to keep public authorities informed about trends and practices for digital archiving, and the progress of the digital continuity work plan. Visit the Digital Continuity Forums page for details of previous and upcoming digital continuity events.
To contact the Digital Archives team, please telephone (07) 3131 7951 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.