Digital preservation at the Libraries
The need to develop strategy and take action in the area of digital preservation and data archiving has grown significantly in the Libraries and at the University in recent years. In response, the Libraries aspire to take a campus leadership role in digital preservation and data archiving.
Led by the Digital Preservation Repositories Technology Department, this work is accomplished through the delivery and support of robust high quality discovery, access, management, and preservation systems, achieved in coordination with relevant Libraries’ and campus departments, and other University and external partners and collaborators.
Our mission is to provide contemporary and enduring access to digital objects under the collection stewardship of the University Libraries, through the application of professional digital preservation methodologies, standards, and technologies.
Digital Preservation Framework
The foundational document addressing how the Libraries approach digital preservation. Available to view online and as a printable PDF.
Practices and activities
Learn more about planning and development activities and the internal and external collaborations and partnerships.
Digital preservation is supported by our preservation strategies and implementation activities. Including preservation actions and preferred file formats.
Created by University of Minnesota Libraries staff, instructional guides on how to use various digital preservation tools are provided as resources for others.
Digital preservation related terms used in the Digital Preservation Framework and across this website are defined in this glossary.
Materials the Libraries is responsible for preserving can be found in various locations including:
University Digital Conservancy at the University of MinnesotaThe institutional repository for the University of Minnesota. The repository can be searched by keyword, date, authors and majors. It contains materials produced by University departments as well as theses and dissertations.
Data Repository for the U of M (DRUM)DRUM is a publicly available collection of digital research data generated by U of M researchers, students, and staff. Anyone can search and download the data housed in the repository, instantly or by request.
UMediaUMedia includes digitized collections from the University of Minnesota Libraries, Archives and Special Collections.
Minnesota Digital LibraryThe Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) supports discovery and education through access to unique digital collections shared by cultural heritage organizations from across the state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Digital Library also provides education and training opportunities concerning digitization best practices, metadata for digital collections, and digital preservation.
If you have any questions about digital preservation at the University of Minnesota Libraries please contact the Digital Preservation Repository Technologies Department at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.