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Transformation Rights Policy

Policy Statement 

As outlined in the Preservation Implementation Plan, York University Libraries’ digital preservation strategies are based around the transformation of ingested content into file formats conducive to long term preservation, in addition to standard bit-level preservation. In order to enable the full realization of this strategy, there is one right that needs to be acquired from the content providers: 


Content providers granting this right have consented to having their content migrated to new formats for the purposes of long-term preservation. In the interest of long-term preservation, it is important that York University Libraries be allowed to transform files in its care, from formats deemed as being in danger of becoming obsolete, into ones more suited to long-term interpretability. This is the right necessary to enable the “full” preservation level. 

Without this right having been assigned, York University Libraries can only ensure file integrity, not the preservation of the intellectual contents of an archival

Reviewed: April 29, 2024