Digital Preservation Program

Library and Archives Canada’s Digital Archive at the Preservation Centre

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Digital Preservation Program is responsible for ensuring the long-term viability of digital materials in our collections.

What we do

We manage the LAC Digital Archive, our central repository for digital materials to be preserved, by:

  • Monitoring our digital collections for digital obsolescence and decay;
  • Intervening to prevent digital loss, including such measures as file format assessment and legacy media migration;
  • Collections inventorying; and
  • Providing advice and collaboration.

Located in the Preservation Centre, the Digital Archive uses linear tape open (LTO) tape as its preferred storage medium. Secured under strict environmental controls, the Digital Archive currently holds over 5 petabytes of digital assets in 2 copies.   

Next steps

On November 30, 2017, we released the Strategy for the Digital Preservation Program which launches the program and describes the additional steps needed to further preserve LAC’s digital treasures for the future and ensure that we are on the right path to success. 

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