Achieving Criticality of Preservation Knowledge: Sustaining Digital Preservation in the Nuclear Field
Elizabeth Kata (International Atomic Energy Agency), Jenny Mitcham (Digital Preservation Coalition), Philip Greatorex (Sellafield Ltd.) and Jim Moye (J&A Preservation), William Kilbride (Digital Preservation Coalition)
Preserving information for as long as it is required, taking into account the needs of diverse stakeholders, explaining needs to IT professionals, preserving data from legacy systems and obsolete media, managing accessibility and information security -- the concerns of the digital preservation community are shared by those working in the nuclear field. Yet the length of time knowledge needs to be accessible and understandable, the accountability for public safety, and non-proliferation concerns among others present further challenges in the preservation of information related to nuclear science and its applications. Preservation efforts in this field must be approached and executed with these challenges in mind while also aligning with community good practices.