Digital preservation is the active management of digital files for long term usability and authenticity. Digital files require active management because their life expectancy without intervention can be as short as five years.
Start planning for digital archiving when you create your files. Make sure the file names describe the content of the files and are organized in a folder structure that makes sense to you. If you already have digital content, do a survey of all of your digital files first to determine those files you wish to keep long term and those files that can now be deleted or at least deleted after you have finished working with them.
There are five basic steps to digital file management and preservation: