Digital preservation tops the agendas of many institutions in the cultural heritage
and information management communities. We, in the field of information are committed to preserving digital content for the long term, safeguarding our intellectual heritage so that it can be used by future researchers. The rapid rate at which technology is evolving and the relative transience of digital content make this a significant challenge.
Because of this evolution, I think the safe way to preserve our research is by applying it to a multitude of medians. Hand notes will always be able to remain preserved (if someone has the incentive to preserve them (OCLC, 2003)). This way of preservation has been worked with quite a bit now. Preserving electronic files is not as simple. Where will technology be in ten, or even five years? The OCLC published a really good report on how preservation is all about incentives, and why one would want to preserve something. I feel that if the incentive is there, preservation, no matter what the challenges, will be made possible. Scholars and researchers rely on literature created in the past (even field notes, research notes, etc.), thus, being an important aspect to virtually every field, I think as technology changes, we will continue to adapt, and preserve our research.
If you have the time, this is a great article to read: http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/activities/digipres/incentives-dp.pdf?urlm=161311