Microfilm is recognized as durable medium for permanent records, with an estimated lifespan of more than 500 years when properly manufactured, processed, and stored. Records whose original format has intrinsic value would also benefit from filming in order to save wear and tear on the original.
Micrographic technology has been around for more than 70 years, so there is a well-developed set of standards that, when followed, assure high quality, longevity, and compatibility. These standards are set by organizations such as American National Standards Institute (ANSI ) and the Association of Information and Image Management (AIIM).
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