Processes and operations involved in ensuring records are stored and safeguarded from damage or loss of information. Information may be lost because of obsolescence, degradation, damage, and/or deterioration. This is irrespective of the retention status of the records.
Preservation uses non-interventional measures that prevent or slow damage–mainly through protective and universal controls for storage, handling, environmental conditions, pest management, digitisation, disaster preparedness and response.
See our advice on preservation of records.