Most digital preservation systems consist of the following components.

Flexible document scanners to convert paper and other hard copy documents into digital form.

Software for processing “digitally born” documents to ready them for imaging to film.

Output hardware that automatically writes the digital files to film.

Archival storage film certified for a 500-year life span when processed and stored correctly.

Film scanners that capture, process, and return the film-based documents to digital images for employee review.

Service and support policies and systems, either maintained internally or outsourced to a manufacturer or reseller.


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