National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

Use of archival quality materials

Good management of archives includes the use of quality and reliable materials. The specifications for appropriate archival materials are laid out in the ministerial regulation on longevity.

Paper remains, for the time being, simply more stable than digital materials. However, an alternative solution is needed if an archive wishes to keep digital data in its original form and context. Standardisation and procedures have an important role to play here.