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Migration as a form of digital preservation Edit

Migration, which focuses on the digital object itself, is the act of transferring, or rewriting data from an
out-of-date medium to a current medium and has for many years been considered the only viable
approach to long-term preservation of digital objects.[11] Reproducing brittle newspapers onto
microfilm is an example of such migration.

Disadvantages Edit

Migration addresses the possible obsolescence of the data carrier, but does not address the fact that
certain technologies which run the data may be abandoned altogether, leaving migration useless.

Time-consuming – migration is a continual process, which must be repeated every time a medium
reaches obsolescence, for all data objects stored on a certain media.

Costly - an institution must purchase additional data storage media at each migration.[12]

As a result of the disadvantages listed above, technology professionals have begun to develop
alternatives to migration, such as emulation.