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- Archival Film Flashes Back to 70s Student Life
- Manuscript Traces SFU's Architectural History
- Early University News Publications Now Digitally Available
- Digitized Programs Commemorate SFU’s Opening & Installation Ceremonies
- Archives Celebrates Fall Convocation with Release of Digitized Programs
- Films Capture Visual History and Sentiment of Time Gone By
- Lost and Found: Simon Fraser Letters
- Oral History Provides Glimpse into Mind of SFU’s First Chancellor Gordon Shrum
- Early SFU Photos Tell a Story That Frames Our World
- Aerial Photos Capture Campus Landscape & Photographer’s Legacy
- You have what...?!! and other interesting things you didn't know about the SFU Archives
- Charting the course of history: documenting SFU's early days from the student perspective (Part 1)
- Charting the course of history: documenting SFU's early days from the student perspective (Part 2)
- Helping others find their history in the future: Preserving the records of the Students of Caribbean and African Ancestry at SFU
- Preserving the sparks of global revolution in the Adbusters Media Foundation fonds
- Reflections of a co-op student
- Debunking popular myths and conspiracies with the Barry Beyerstein fonds
- In "The Beginning...": First student film returns to SFU
- "Got any pictures of Terry Fox?"
- My summer in the archives: a co-op placement retrospective
- Seeing the world through Arthur Erickson's eyes
- Beer (records) in the Archives!
- Quartet in the Quadrangle: PSQ Records Come to SFU
- Navigating silences and filling gaps: finding Black stories in the Archives
- Boxes, boxes, and more boxes: my summer co-op at SFU Archives
The preservation of digital records presents new challenges for archives. Digital storage media are not stable, and digital file formats depend on hardware and software that quickly become obsolete. Record-keeping controls that existed in the paper world to ensure the authenticity and reliability of records are often lacking in a digital environment.
In 2016, SFU launched its digital repository to begin addressing some of these issues. Digital preservation goes beyond storage. It combines infrastructure, people, polices, strategies, and actions to ensure continuing access to materials across time and changes in technology. There is still much work in front of us, but SFU Archives is now positioned to carry its mandate into the world of modern digital records.
All records of the university (paper or digital) are scheduled under Records Retention Schedule and Disposal Authorities (RRSDAs). Digital records scheduled for Selective Retention or Full Retention by the Archives may be transferred to the repository at the end of their total retention period. Consult with the Records Management Archivist for more information.
Private donors of archival materials should think about the digital component of their records when developing a Donation Agreement with the Archives. Non-university digital records may be transferred to the repository if they are covered by an existing Donation Agreement. Consult with the Acquisitions and Outreach Archivist for more information.
The Archives has developed a packaging tool to facilitate digital transfers. SFU MoveIt creates standardized transfer packages that implement the BagIt File Packaging and Storage Format. See the Digital transfer page or consult with the Staff Archivist for more information.