Friday, October 08, 2004

Preservation Metadata

For several years OCLC and RLG have jointly sponsored expert working groups on preservation-related topics. The current group, PREMIS (Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies), is international in composition and focused on the development of recommendations and best practices for implementing preservation metadata.

PREMIS has just released the report, Implementing Preservation Repositories For Digital Materials: Current Practice And Emerging Trends In The Cultural Heritage Community.

This paper reports the findings of a survey focused on current preservation metadata management practices of digital preservation repositories conducted by PREMIS in Winter 2003-04. It is the first of a series of reports that will be released by PREMIS over the next several months.

In Winter 2003-2004, the PREMIS working group conducted a survey aimed at gathering information on key aspects of planned and existing preservation repositories for digital materials. Survey questions touched on a variety of areas, such as mission, funding, preservation strategy, and access policies, but with an overarching focus on current practice for managing preservation metadata in digital archiving systems. Survey responses were received from nearly fifty institutions located in thirteen countries, and included libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions. Analysis of the responses suggests that the digital preservation community is beginning to coalesce around several emerging trends in the use and management of preservation metadata, which are enumerated and discussed at the conclusion of the report.

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