Video Art / Media Art Preservation: Studies and Suggestions
THE DANISH VIDEO ART DATA BANK
When it comes to prevent damage/degradation you can distinguish between passive preservation versus active preservatiln / conservation / restoration.
... is a preventive maintenance procedure. It is often chosen because of financial constraints and/or reactions to mistakes in previously performed conservation treatments. The main goal is to prevent the tape from degrading prematurely.
conservation / restoration
... is extensive actions often very specialised technical to restore detoriated or damaged video tapes and preserve / conserve the tapes for future use.