Digital preservation of information requires thinking ahead for future needs and accessibility, says Julie Sweetkind-Singer, assistant director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data and Services and the head librarian of the Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections at Stanford University. Documents, maps and other materials need to be stored in a way that will keep them safe technically and ensure they are used legally long into the future, she says in this interview. "Unless digital files are correctly preserved and documented, we run the risk of losing the information, which is then unavailable to future generations," she said.

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