As digital preservation is more than just storing information but also about making this information accessible and usable over time, organisations need to understand how their users will access the digital material. This could be as simple as taking into consideration how a digital object will be viewed but might also be expanded to include methods that enable User Communities (this can be a variety of Designated Communities) to reuse the digital material or engage with the digital content, or other computers harvesting material such as metadata. Several approaches can be chosen as they are not necessarily exclusive but may depend on the type of material. For example access to websites may use a different approach than access to data sets.
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