Digital preservation is a general term for a set of services with one goal: keeping your data safe so that it can be accessed in the future. Beyond the life of a grant or a research project, you need to insure that your data is available for future generations. Ironically, digital data is significantly more transient than traditional information sources such as books, photos, which can easily survive for years, decades or even centuries. Without active management, data decay and disappear at an alarming rate.

Spanning academic institutions and disciplines, the Chronopolis digital preservation network provides services for the long-term preservation and curation of America's digital holdings. Because of the ephemeral nature of digital information, it is critical to organize and preserve the digital assets that represent society's intellectual capital—the core seeds of knowledge that are the basis of future research and education.