Digital preservation refers to the reliable preservation of digital information for several decades or even centuries. Hardware, software, and file formats will become outdated, while the information must be preserved. Reliable digital preservation requires active monitoring of information integrity and anticipation of various risks. Metadata, which describes for example the information content, provenance information and how the content can be used, has a key role in this.
The Digital Preservation Service (DPS) produced for cultural heritage resources, guarantees the preservation of essential national information resources held in libraries, archives and museums. Digital cultural heritage resources cover both digitised and born-digital information resources: publications falling within the bounds of legal deposit, government publications belonging to the national cultural heritage, and other digital information resources worth preserving created by organisations operating under the Ministry of Education and Culture.
The DPS produced for research data ensures the availability and preservation of digital research resources. This DPS supports a permanent and coordinated approach to support the management of research resources. The aim is to ensure the verifiability and repeatability of research at various stages of the life cycle and to make the results easy to use. This enables that research results can be reused, evaluated, utilized in decision-making and secured by increasing digit data for future generations of researchers.