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Accessing digital material

What are digital archives?

Gloucestershire Archives continues to collect and preserve material relating to Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire that is 'born digital'. That means there is no paper or physical version of the information, only the digital version stored on a hard drive or CD-ROM.

How do I know if something is in digital format?

Most digital material is identified as such in our Online catalogue so you'll know what format the material is in.

What if I want to use it?

We use our SCAT (Scat is Curation And Trust) tool to 'package' digital archives as 'GAip' (Gloucestershire Archives Ingest Package) files. These files are then stored in our dedicated digital archive. If you would like to consult digital material we will need to make an access copy available. This may take up to five working days.

The Data Protection Act (2018), the Freedom of Information Act (2000) and other legislation applies to digital records and access to digital records may be restricted by the terms of the deposit or donation.

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