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

Sustainable management of digital archival material

Sustainable digital working means:

‘… to record, preserve, manage, and make available digital documents (in the broadest sense of the word), that they remain consultable, accessible, and authentic despite the passage of time.’

An official digital record must in principle be preserved in digital form, because otherwise information may be lost. Continuity in business operations, external accountability of the government and research by future generations into how the government functioned: all these are only possible if digital information services are properly organised and furthermore, reliable digital information preservation strategies and decisions have been formulated.