Conservation as well as provision are the pillars of a utility oriented enshrining.
A core element of the provision of historical documents is the upkeep, which ensures a sustainable preservation of the files, photos and films in our collection. Most materials are facing a constant decay if not handled properly and with care. Paper is threatened by impairment due to rusting metal as well as acids, which are immanent in the paper itself. Thermal paper as issued for photo and fax copies in the 80’s of the last century, are slowly but constantly dissolving when exposed to sunlight. The chemicals that are used during the production of photos and that are embedded in the material are constantly reacting to each other and over time destroying the information stored as well as the image itself. Same holds true for analog film stock, which is stored on optical plastic film base. Film stock degausses constantly, resulting in the deterioration of audio and visual data and finally in the loss of all stored information.
The SASA preserves historical documents and artifacts pursuant the latest technical standards of conservation, prevents detraction of any kind and enables access to the public at large.
After preservation of the historic documents the process of sifting is initiated. The artifacts get reviewed, and their content transferred into a data base for further research. Without this sifting, as per scientific standards, the archive and knowledge hub would be worthless.