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Digital Preservation Webinar: Additional Resources

This page is a growing list of resources. If you have a resource you think would be useful to include on this page, please e-mail Karen Wetzel, NISO Standards Program Manager, at kwetzel@niso.org.

Digital Preservation Webinar: Event Slides
Slides from the January 14, 2009 NISO webinar, "Digital Preservation: Current Efforts."

In Digital Age, Federal Files Blip Into Oblivion
by Robert Pear (The New York Times 12 Sept. 2008)
Countless government records are being lost to posterity because workers do not regularly preserve documents.
Iraq Ally Lists Were Altered, Study Shows
by Thom Shanker (The New York Times 24 Nov. 2008 [Print: 25 Nov. 2008, A12])
Historians researching early alliance-building efforts by the Bush administration say there seem to have been alterations to early official lists of nations that supported the Iraq war effort. The lists were posted on the White House Web site.

CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) is "a joint venture between the world’s leading scholarly publishers and research libraries whose mission is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive with which to ensure the long-term survival of Web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community."

Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SUL/AIR): Digital Preservation


LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), based at Stanford University Libraries, is an international community initiative that provides libraries with digital preservation tools and support so that they can easily and inexpensively collect and preserve their own copies of authorized e-content. LOCKSS, in its tenth year, provides libraries with the open-source software and support to preserve today’s web-published materials for tomorrow’s readers while building their own collections and acquiring a copy of the assets they pay for, instead of simply leasing them.

What Repositories Do: The OAIS Model
by John Mark Ockerbloom (Everybody's Libraries, 13 October 2008)
Excellent blog entry with lots of links to useful resources on the OAIS (Open Archival Information System) Reference Model (see ISO 14721). Includes sections on "What OAIS is and isn’t", "OAIS conformance and usage", and "What else you need to think about".

ISO 14721: 2003 Space data and information transfer systems -- Open archival information system -- Reference model


Available for purchase only. International standard on the OAIS Reference Model. The purpose of this ISO 14721:2003 is to establish a system for archiving information, both digitalized and physical, with an organizational scheme composed of people who accept the responsibility to preserve information and make it available to a designated community.

Digital Repository Audit and Certification Wiki
This Wiki contains information and documents generated by the working group which is attempting to produce an ISO standard on which a full audit and certification of digital repositories can be based. See the abstract for David Giaretta's presentation, "T9 - Toward an International Standard for Audit and Certification of Digital Repositories" at Science Archives in the 21st Century for more information and related resources (http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nost/conf/archive21st/presentations/abstracts/t09-giaretta.html).

Sustaining the Digital Investment: Issues and Challenges of Economically Sustainable Digital Preservation
First-year report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access (see http://brtf.sdsc.edu/), issued in December 2008. As noted by Cliff Lynch, Executive Director of CNI and a member of the task force, "much of this report is concerned with establishing definitions and surveying and synthesizing the current state of knowledge (or, sometimes, lack of knowledge) as well as practical experience gained from a number of digital preservation programs that offered testimony to the Task Force;there  will be  a second year report containing conclusions and recommendations that builds on this one."

National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP)
The mission of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program -- based at the Library of Congress -- is to develop a national strategy to collect, archive and preserve the burgeoning amounts of digital content, especially materials that are created only in digital formats, for current and future generations.

The Archive Ingest and Handling Test
The Archive Ingest and Handling Test was designed to be the first practical test of interfaces specified in the architectural model for National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. It was designed to test the feasibility of transferring digital archives in toto from one institution to another.

NISO Digital Preservation Forum: Planning Today for Tomorrow's Resources
View presentations from NISO's March 2008 forum on this topic.

Library Preservation at Harvard: Digital Preservation

Alabama Digital Preservation Network
ADPNet is a shared and distributed digital preservation network for locally created digital content. It represents a low-cost digital preservation solution for academic institutions, state agencies, and cultural heritage organizations in Alabama. Any Alabama institution with digital collections that are freely available to the public is invited to join ADPNet and use the network for archival preservation. With the assistance of IMLS funding, NAAL adapted LOCKSS technology to create a Private LOCKSS Network (PLN). The archived content is accessible only to the ADPNet members and only if it is needed to restore content lost as the result of a mishap or natural disaster.