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You may have many digital audio files with music, lectures and other sound recordings.   Some of these have personal, research, or other value that leads you to keep them for a long time.

Archiving tips

Select your important files:

Export your files:

Organize your files:

Save files in formats that are optimal for long-term preservation:

Make copies and manage them in different places:

Long-term storage is a key element in preserving your files. It is important to realize that no storage medium is permanent in the digital environment. Any storage medium used will require some maintenance to keep its contents viable for the longest period possible.

Check files and refresh storage media on a regular basis:

Migrate files to newer formats if needed:

To learn more see:

Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio. The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives. ed. by Kevin Bradley. Second edition 2009.


Last Edited: 11 December 2014