The digital ecosystem evolves so fast, with changes in technology, semantics, professional practices, user expectations and behaviour or legal frameworks, that long-term access to content cannot always be guaranteed.

This is where the concept of ‘preservation by design’ advocated by the EU co-funded project PERICLES (Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics) comes into play.

PERICLES goes beyond technical preservation, investigating how changes to any element of the environment, be it user communities, archives and libraries, or the larger social and cultural context, affects the usefulness and interpretation of the digital object, and how such change can be managed.

The project has also been working on creating a portal called PRESERVEWARE, a digital preservation hub, aiming to help people find appropriate preservation tools, including those that PERICLES produced.

The project is coordinated by King’s College London in the United Kingdom, being funded under the FP7-ICT programme with a total budget of over € 12 million. The final review & demonstration takes place on 17-18 May 2017 in London.

Read more about this projects' interesting results in the research* eu results magazine (pages 40-41)

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