Media Preservation

This page provides information to support media preservation, whether this is conservation and care of media, or the transfer of the information it contains to a more stable format. There are a range of factors to consider when prioritising conservation or migration, and these include the risk of degradation of the media, and the obsolescence of equipment with which to read it.

Media Stability Ratings

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How long will different media last before the content becomes degraded or unreadable? This page give ratings for the relative stability of a range of formats that have been, or are, in common use in their fields.

Obsolescence Ratings

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How easy is it to find equipment to read information from different formats? This page gives ratings for the relative ease with which a range of formats can still be used.

Preservation issues for specific types of media

Sources / Resources