SUNScholar/Digital Preservation/Electronic Archives Preservation Policy/Preservable Digital Objects
Preservable Digital Objects
The objective is to create and store digital objects in the research institutional electronic archive, that can be read and viewed by future systems and technology.
The resultant digitised objects must adhere to the following:
- Use an uncompressed bitstream for storage.
- Use open, royalty free and patent free, published digital format standards and metadata schemas.
Filenames used on SUNScholar
- The first vital thing about preservable digital objects is to use the correct file naming procedures.
- The whole filename must be in small caps and have no spaces.
- Spaces must be replaced with dashes (-).
- There cannot be any other formatting characters such as ()#/ etc...
Convert your document or file to an open format first. For documents use PDF formats.
Then use the following file naming convention:
or if saving as a pdf file, which is preferred:
or if saving as an open document standards file, which is more preferred:
Digital Object Formats used on SUNScholar
The next vital thing about preservable digital objects is to use open formats and standards for files of all types. See links below for further details.
Click on the heading above.
Electronic Archives Portability
On the portability of the electronic archive between electronic archive systems, please read: http://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/3161
In-browser readers/viewers for PDF documents and multimedia
- http://gettopup.com: For multimedia
- http://pdfobject.com: For PDF documents