What are you providing access to? The original bits, derivative versions, or an emulated environment? Access is heavily dependent on accessioning, processing, and preservation decisions. What do users need or expect? Users in the Internet age are likely to expect electronic records to be immediately available online; or at least able to be emailed and viewed simply by double-clicking. Can we provide the software? (Cite Quickview plus here.) What can you do?
Practical Approaches to Born-Digital Archives: Access
Practical Approaches to Born-Digital Archives: Access SAA 2011 Session 302 Seth Shaw
How can my repository provide access to our born-digital electronic records in a practical manner ?
Web-archiving Example Options *Authors own opinion using previous version (Acrobat 8 Pro); conduct your own tests as results may have improved. Capture Mechanism Access Mechanism Verdict Adobe Acrobat PDFs not good (usually lousy)* HTTrack Local copy of the site & a browser not good (but not bad) HTTrack Local copy of the site in a virtual machine w/ contemporary operating system, browser, and plug-ins. not fast Heritrix Open Source Wayback & Nutchwax not fast/easy Archive-It or WAS Service provided portal not cheap (well, not free)
"My Documents" Email Local Media Local Computer Station Webserver Existing Document Management Systems 3 rd Party Systems
Restricted Access … depends on how much you trust people & systems.