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Storage Media - Selection

Q. How do I select the content I will retrieve from storage media?

After you have identified what content you have and what content you may be acquiring, you will have to decide what content you will continue to preserve and what content you should acquire.  With digital storage costs dropping it may seem like you can acquire and preserve anything, but remember that while storage is cheap, managed storage is expensive.  For everything you wish to preserve, you must also collect and store the metadata necessary to understand and access it in the future. 

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  • Set selection policy goals to meet the institutional mission
  • Build the basis for planning, analysis, and coordination with other institutions if needed
  • Consider elements that policy should address: content and scope; target audience; anticipated use; depth of coverage; exclusions; review and revision
  • Use software to identify duplicates and near duplicates

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