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Digital preservation

Royal Danish Library is a Danish cultural heritage institution under the Danish Ministry of Culture. One of our tasks is to collect and preserve both physical and digital cultural heritage material regarding Denmark. We collect and preserve digital material from a range of sources including Danish homepages and (since December 2005) digital radio and television. We also have a range of audio and written collections which have been digitised. The digital material is stored in the digital repository of the Royal Danish Library, where it is  preserved according to best practice and with the aid of a variety of techniques and strategies.

At the library we preserve the bits and bytes of the digital material as well as the functional understanding of this material to ensure that the digital data can be understood by future library users. The digital preservation of cultural heritage material is carried out by the Digital Cultural Heritage division in close collaboration with the library’s IT division. Our digital collections passed four Petabytes in 2018, and are currently growing at the rate of approximately 800 Terabytes per year.

Royal Danish Library takes part in international collaboration on digital preservation, including participation in the EU project SCAPE (finished 2014).

See the policy and strategy for digital preservation for the former State and University Library (before the merger with The Royal Library) below. A new digital preservation policy and strategy for Royal Danish Library is on its way and will be published within 2018.