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Digital Preservation

This page provides links to some of the policies and guidelines for digital preservation which are available on the Internet.

Cornell University Library Department of Preservation and Conservation — This department has produced various on-line publications on digital preservation, including Using Kodak photo CD Technology for Preservation and Access: A guide for Librarians, Archivists and Curators and Digital to Microfilm Conversion: A Demonstration Project 1994-1996.

Electronic Records — This is a discussion produced by the National Archives of Australia detailing their preservation strategy for managing electronic records. The main areas covered include the strategic management of electronic records, the development and implementation of electronic recordkeeping systems, and the migration of electronic records with their content, structure and context intact, across changes in software and hardware platforms.

The English Heritage Centre for Field Archaeology has prepared a Digital Archiving Strategy which puts into practice much of the best advice on the topic of digital archiving. This document is extremely useful for those who want to move from the ideal to reality of digital archiving.

European Preservation Information Centre (EPIC) — Produced by the European Commission on Preservation and Access. This site contains information on digital preservation resources, including a clickable map of the organisations dealing with digital preservation within Europe.

Guidelines on the best practices for using electronic information — This (Acrobat format) paper produced by the DLM-Forum considers how to deal with machine-readable data and electronic records. The DLM-Forum itself was created by The European Commission as "a multidisciplinary Forum to be held in the framework of the Community on the problems of the management, storage, conservation and retrieval of machine-readable data, inviting public administrations and national archives services, as well as representatives of industry and of research, to take part in the Forum". (EU Council conclusions of 17 June 1994)

JISC Digital Preservation Focus — includes links to a variety of Digital Preservation initiatives as well as JISC's digital preservation strategy. It also contains links to Jisc's Digital Preservation discussion group.

Long-Term Preservation of Digital Material — Building an Archive to Preserve Digital Cultural Heritage from the Internet A thesis from the University of Vienna by Andreas Aschenbrenner provides a useful and detailed case study of the Austrian Internet Archive (AOLA) pilot study

NEDLIB — a joint networking initiative between Europe's principal national deposit libraries that is working to develop a shared infrastructure for digital preservation.

Northeast Document Conservation Center — This web site contains information on some current developments in digital preservation, in the form of publications, conferences and links to related sites.

Open Archival Information System Reference model is the foundation for an ISO standard for how to do digital preservation, and how to identify the characteristics of a trusted digital preservation facility. OAIS should not be confused with the Open Archives Initiative (OAI), which is not designed for digital preservation.

Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI) from the National Library of Australia provides an up-to-date and reliable subject gateway to the issues and techniques of digital preservation.

PRONOM — a database of information about the technical dependencies upon which access to electronic records may rely, developed by the National Archives' Digital Preservation Department as a tool to support their own digital archive. It contains information about the file formats in which electronic records may be stored, the software products required to create, render and migrate these formats, and the vendors who develop these products. It includes product support life cycle information, to facilitate technology watch within digital archives. The PRONOM database can be searched online, and reports produced in a variety of formats. The system currently holds details of c.550 file formats, 250 software products, and 100 vendors, and records are being added on a regular basis. TNA also encourage the submission of new information for inclusion on PRONOM.

Research Libraries Group Preservation Program (PRESERV) — It focuses on achieving collaborative and innovative solutions to common preservation problems by inventing and testing new models for cooperation. It has the RLG Diginews a bimonthly web-based newsletter, which is concerned with digital preservation issues. As well as, the RLG working group on Preservation Issues of Metadata.

Testbed Digitale Bewaring — Approaches towards the long term preservation of archival digital records at Digitale Duurzaamheid for the Government of Holland.

Digitisation: A Project Planning Checklist — This report was produced by the AHDS to address the issues involved in presevation and to highlight the need for a specific policy with which to produce our future cultural and intellectual heritage.

Time and Bits — is a published conference proceedings from a group that was formed in the Getty Museum in order to discuss the integrated technical and philosophical aspects of digital archives and their future. It includes the sociocultural and economic implications of both the problems and the solutions which could provide a framework for long-term digital cultural preservation.

Many of these papers, and many more similar ones, appear at Conservation On Line a project based at the Preservation Department of the Library of Stanford University, US. A thorough bibliography of relevant material can be found there also.

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