When an organization sets out to acquire new technology, they are putting more than resources like time and money on the line. The reality is that “even when the technology solution is purportedly at hand…technology is not the solution, only part of it.”
Deciding which tools to use and approaches to take to perform assessment can be a difficult decision. There are complex standards, like ISO 16363, more lightweight technology and infrastructure guidance like NDSA’s Levels of Digital Preservation (LoDP), internally devised audits, and others. Each approach and tool is valued in our digital preservation arsenal, but deciding which one makes the most sense for one’s institution at a given time and place can be difficult to determine.