All industries are increasingly digitising their assets in digital repositories to gain efficiencies, either to store today's documents which are "born digital" or to preserve historical data. However, an archive is useless unless it can be accessed.
Long-term access to historical data comes under threat from the inevitable migration through different and often incompatible technologies, therefore depending on careful planning and decision-making today. Unless management and IT processes are correct, data may be stored in the wrong formats, search and retrieval of important information will be untimely, rights associated with using the data will not be known, and ultimately it will become impossible to access essential information.
Rightscom builds strategies to enable organisations and industries to effectively and efficiently leverage their digital assets for the long-term. We examine the management and organisational issues impacting on digital preservation, as well as the technology issues. The scenarios approach allows us to base our recommendations and solutions on a realistic risk analysis. We write access standards, strategies and processes designed to meet the needs of all the stakeholders who may need access to vital information now and in the future.