6 Conclusion

Even if all the advice and recommendations given herein are carefully observed, there is a statistical risk of losses that cannot be excluded. This means that even in an archive of the highest professional standard, the loss of any given carrier is possible. The only measure to minimise risks is to keep at least two copies of each archival item.

“One Copy is No Copy”

is the guiding principle of audiovisual archives, and this principle is an imperative for both analogue and digital carriers.