18. Maintaining the knowledge base of archives

A sound archive relies heavily on the equipment and processes necessary to preserve the documents in its care and to provide access to the files. It is a requirement, therefore, that the archive works to equip itself with the necessary skills and knowledge and to maintain these at a high level.

The archive must, as a result, keep itself and its employees updated with the latest scientific and technical information from the field of AV archiving. This will include information concerning the extraction of both primary and secondary information from carriers and improvements in preservation and restoration practices.