Digital Preservation & Access

What are digital preservation and digital access?

  • Digital preservation is the life cycle management of digital materials from the point of creation for reformatted digital renderings of analog originals or from the initial ingest of born digital material. Our digital preservation program maintains secure storage for most standard file types and addresses the challenges of obsolescence over a rapidly shifting technological landscape. 
  • Digital access: Digital preservation is carried out with the primary goal of providing long term access to digital content. Digital collections of historic or scholarly significance may be exhibited in our online digital collections and may be shared with other state and national repositories.

DSI services

The Digital Scholarship & Initiatives team:

  • Oversees the long term preservation of the digital materials for Special Collections and University Archives.
  • Oversees project specific data preservation needs of the campus community and for regional collaborative digital projects. 
  • Offers comprehensive digitization services for the reformatting of monographic materials and analog audiovisual materials.


Digital Collections

"Ibex" illustration from Beulah Campbell Collection

DSI supports many digital collections at Appalachian State University and contributes materials to digital collections outside the university such as Digital NC.

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