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Data Preservation

Data preservation consists of a series of managed activities necessary to ensure continued access to data for as long as necessary. Data preservation requires ongoing active management of data from as early in the lifecycle as possible. As the volumes, heterogeneity, and complexity of data grows, this requirement for active management becomes a very important component. Librarians who work closely with the research community can play a major role in the ongoing active management and preservation of data by ensuring that research data is arranged and described with appropriate metadata, stored in a location where it can be monitored and made available for future use, and prepared for migration or transformation if the data format is damaged or in an obsolete format.