For many years the University of Oxford has been storing and archiving many items trying to preserve these materials. However, many of them cannot really be ‘indefinetely preserved’ unless a new form of preservation is applied. The project futureArch came along to help the long-term preservation of digital materials (and others). Read more about it. Check the project’s blog or the main description on the Bodleian page.
Idea is to preserve as a permanent feature (not for 5-10-50 years, but ‘forever’).
Bodleian has special collections and there are many self-archive collections of politicians, historians, etc. that are born-digital.
When and how preserve, check the authenticity of a document.
Project to preserve not only the document itself but the applications that allow the document to be opened/viewed. Versions of software, emulators/simulators can be used but also need to be preserved for the future access of that individual document.
Project to also cathegorise the many documents types and if there is a document it can be retrieved from the repository.
An example of classification can be viewed on the Sir Isaiah Berlin collection.