The feedback in terms of long-term digital preservation is extremely limited if not nonexistent. The detection of changes in technology, regulations, standards and needs of users of the Archive and the adaptability of the latter are paramount.It is not enough to master quality and to improve it to insure the sustainability of data access :users of the slide rule were all very happy when the calculator was invented.
The future of the archive therefore requires an effort of anticipation: that is called “Planning for sustainability” by the OAIS model.The right strategies and technical implementation are not conceived by retreating into an ivory tower but are based on listening to weak signals that herald new requirements, new processes but also obsolescence of those who were previously commonly used. Today there are promising developments that we must detect.
This detection leads to:
- Improve the efficiency, the formalism, simplification and mastery of business processes implemented within the CINES to reduce overall risk of permanent loss of data;
- Take more account of safety and environment issues;
- A better understanding of the needs of the submission services and the target user community of the Archive;
- A better brand image of the organization;
- Gain greater confidence through the provision of evidence on the quality of services and benefits provided;
- Empower and motivate staff;
- Reduce the risk of errors through the use of corrective loops;
- Develop rigor in the methods used.
This section develops some specific aspects of the quality approach implemented at CINES under the digital long-term preservation:
- Business process management ;
- risks management ;
- computer security ;