At some point in undertaking digital stewardship, it’s helpful to consider the digital life cycle: the basic stages content moves through from creation to providing ongoing preservation, management and access over time. Life cycle models are useful for understanding the full scope of the responsibility involved and also in formulating specific workflows for particular kinds of content.
Models vary with institutional policies and practices, and also in accordance with desire for detail. As a result, there are a few diagrammed models in circulation. Here are four selected samples, along with links for more information about each.
If you know of other models that depict the digital life cycle in the context of stewardship, please tell us!