The UNESCO/PERSIST Guidelines for the Selection of Digital Heritage for Long-term Preservation

The UNESCO PERSIST Project, an initiative of UNESCO, ICA, IFLA and other partners, for enhancing the sustainability of digital heritage, has launched the UNESCO/PERSIST Guidelines for the selection of digital heritage for long-term preservation in 2016.

The Guidelines provide an overarching starting point for heritage institutions when drafting their own policies on the selection of digital heritage for long-term sustainable digital preservation.

PERSIST Digital Heritage Selection Guidelines​​​The Guidelines target institutions, professionals and administrators on every level and in every region of the world in order to review existing material for selection, highlight important issues, and offer guidance when drafting institutional policies, they were written by a team of seven authors from the library, archives, and museums community.

We encourage everyone to use the Guidelines as a starting point for developing institutional policies. If you do use the Guidelines, we would very much appreciate any feedback you have in order to improve them and make the truly usable for all communities.

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The PERSIST Guidelines for digital heritage has now been translated into eight different languages.

Read more about the UNESCO PERSIST Programme

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Last update: 10 October 2019