Data Migration


Data migration is the process of transferring data between storage types, formats, or computer systems. The migration of data from one storage location to another or from one format to another can be a very complicated process that requires computers to be programmed so that this process can be completed automatically. Preservation principles are essential during data migration to ensure that data is not lost or damaged when it is being migrated. Data migration can also afford the opportunity to transfer, or re-create data from an out-of-date medium to a current medium so that it can still be used prospectively.

Further Resources

Dunn WDJ, Cobb J, Levey AI, & Gutman DA. (2016). REDLetr: Workflow and tools to support the migration of legacy clinical data capture systems to REDCap(link is external). International Journal of Medical Informatics, 93, 103–110.

Group DSR. (2004). Overview of the DDI Version 3.0 Conceptual Model(link is external).

Heidorn PB. (2011). The Emerging Role of Libraries in Data Curation and E-science(link is external). Journal of Library Administration, 51(7-8):662–72.

Holtham T. (2004). Harnessing the power of XML to achieve successful data migration(link is external). Information Management and Technology, 37(4):162–5. Available from: 

Huwe TK. (2012). Digital Migration Strategies, Old and New(link is external). Computers in Libraries, 32(7):30–3.

Sands AE, Borgman CL, Traweek S, & Wynholds LA. (2014). We’re Working On It: Transferring the Sloan Digital Sky Survey from Laboratory to Library(link is external). International Journal of Digital Curation, 9(2).

van der Hoeven J, Lohman B, Verdegem R. (2007). Emulation for Digital Preservation in Practice: The Results(link is external). International Journal of Digital Curation, 2(2):123–32.

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