In order to quantify the experience cultural heritage institutions have had or are having with digitally printed materials in or entering their collections, the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) conducted an online survey. The survey gathered data relevant to the collecting of digitally printed materials, deterioration of those materials, preservation policies regarding the care of those materials, and the use of digital printers inhouse. The results indicate that most institutions are receiving digitally printed materials but that their staffs do not possess the necessary information and skills to identify or develop policies for the care and handling of these materials in their institutions. Unfortunately, the data also indicates that digitally printed materials in many institutions are already decaying and doing so by a variety of mechanisms. In addition to collecting digitally printed materials from outside sources, institutions are relying on digital printers to produce their own institutional publications, work copies, exhibition signage, etc. While some of this material is intended for short-term use, others, such as conservation documentation, may be needed for extended periods of time.
Daniel Burge, Douglas Nishimura, Mirasol Estrada, "Summary of the DP3 Project Survey of Digital Print Experience within Libraries, Archives, and Museums" in Proc. IS&T Archiving 2009, 2009, pp 133 - 136, https://doi.org/10.2352/issn.2168-3204.2009.6.1.art00028