A digital archive is a place of storage for the safekeeping of digital information such as files, invoices, deeds or other documents. In contrast to an analog archive, both the archived data and the storage location are electronic by nature. Digital archives are frequently web-based, but local data carriers can also be used as an electronic archive.
The objective is to store digital data that is no longer required immediately, but is still considered important. This may be the case for legal reasons, for instance. In Germany, for example, commercial law and tax law stipulate defined retention periods for relevant documents.
Relevant information is therefore secured over the long term, while the active systems are relieved and work processes are kept lean at the same time. The data stored in the archive remains accessible and is available without any time limits.
During the archiving, compliance is required with the country-specific data protection regulations.