Portico’s approach to digital preservation is comprehensive—combining long-term content management and organizational commitment with a philosophical dedication to addressing the needs of tomorrow’s scholars.
Portico preserves content through a format-based migration strategy. The key points of this strategy are
In the case of major natural disaster or business failure, the Portico archive could be moved to new stewardship with ease. And, while the archive is dark, publishers and libraries are provided with audit privileges that allow them to review the status of content.
Digital preservation is the series of management policies and activities necessary to ensure the enduring usability, authenticity, discoverability, and accessibility of content over the very long-term. The key goals of digital preservation include:
To meet these goals, we have defined and follow exacting standards and processes for content management and maintenance and replication of the archive; we conduct self-checks and third-party archive certifications to ensure quality and security; and we maintain a delivery system and services to provide access to users in ways that are as easy and integrated with other online resources as they expect.
What Digital Preservation is Not
Providing reliable future access over the long-term requires significant investment and a diversity of methods and systems. Often people confuse important near-term access protections with long-term preservation. Alone, none of the following are sufficient to ensure access to content into the distant future: