The particular problems addressed by LongRec typically emerge when document lifetime exceeds 20 years, and LongRec imposes no upper limit on the lifetime.
The main objectives for the LongRec partners are:
Objective 1: To enable transition to digital o riginal documents and digital work processes for information that must be available and in use over decades.
Objective 2: To explore the potential for commercial products/services to help actors solve objective 1.
Cased studies addressed by LongRec incl ude documentation for physical objects that are in use for decades (ships, oilrigs, power plants, and others) and documents in public registries. Results may be generalised to other cases, e.g. health information.
LongRec goes beyond the "digital preserv ation" area addressed by libraries and (public) archives in that documents also need to be used (retrieved, updated, verified) subject to constrains related to ownership and authorisations. All parts of a document?s environment (technology, processes, org anisations, roles/people, and ownership) must be expected to undergo several changes during the lifetime of the document.
LongRec goes beyond state of the art in "records management" by addressing long-term aspects, and preservation not only of availabil ity and readability, but also of semantic value (meaning, context) and evidential value (trustworthiness).