BDPL - Born-Digital Preservation Lab

The Born-Digital Preservation Lab (BDPL) team reformats and preserves Stanford Libraries collection materials that originate as digital resources. The BDPL captures data from a wide range of computer media, including laptops, desktops, CDs and DVDs, thumb drives, SD cards, Zip disks, and floppy disks. Born-digital library materials can also be acquired directly via file transfers. We work closely with bibliographers, archivists, and the Stanford Media Preservation Lab to preserve born-digital content and make it accessible.

The Born-Digital Preservation Lab maintains several different workstations and peripherals used to reformat computer media. The BDPL also preserves legacy computing environments and maintains a suite of legacy computing equipment to facilitate research of born-digital library collections for faculty, staff and students.

Digital technology, storage, and computer environments evolve quickly, and each physical format has special reformatting considerations and hardware requirements. Making born-digital content accessible is another challenge, given the variety of operating systems and software necessary to access the content as it was originally experienced. This exhibit showcases the BDPL's approaches to accessing and preserving born-digital content.