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Preservation projects and initiatives


CASPAR (Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval)


EU-funded project that began 1 Aril 2006. CASPAR will research, implement, and disseminate innovative solutions for digital preservation based on the OAIS reference model (ISO:14721:2003)


AIHT (Archive Ingest and Handling test)

A project of the NDIIPP. An experiment to provide better understanding of digital archiving experiences at institutional level. Drew many institution-pertinent conclusions and two general ones: preservation is an outcome and a variety of measures to preserve are better than one (ii) data-centric approach is preferable to tool-centric or process-centric. D-Lib article on the project: http://www.dlib.org/dlib/december05/shirky/12shirky.html


DARP (Digital Archive Regional Pilot) Project


Partners: East of England Regional Archive Council, MLA (Museums Libraries Archives), UKDA (UK Data Archive). Aimed to promote a better understanding of the processes and costs involved in digital preservation and based this understanding on practical experience working with digital material from two county councils.


Digital Preservation Policies study


JISC-funded project that reported in November 2008. Aimed to provide an outline model for digital preservation policies and to analyse the role that digital preservation can play in supporting and delivering key strategies for Higher and Further Education Institutions. Produced two tools: a model/framework for digital preservation policy and a series of mappings of digital preservation links to other key institutional strategies in UK universities and colleges.


DPE (Digital Preservation Europe)


DPE facilitates pooling of the complementary expertise that exists across the academic research, cultural, public administration and industry sectors in Europe. DPE fosters collaboration and synergies between many existing national and international initiatives across the European Research Area. DPE addresses the need to improve coordination, cooperation and consistency in current activities to secure effective preservation of digital materials.


JISC-PoWR (Preservation of Web Resources) Project


JISC-funded project: partners ULCC (University of London Cmputing Centre) and UKOLN. Completed November 2008. The project organised workshops and produce a handbook that specifically addresses digital preservation issues that are relevant to the UK HE/FE web management community.


LIFE (Life Cycle Information for E-literature) Project


JISC-funded project, extended to second phase, which has developed a methodology to model the digital lifecycle and calculate the costs of preserving digital information for the next 5, 10 or 100 years.


MetaArchive and NDLTD partnership to preserve ETDs



PARADIGM (Personal Archives Accessible in Digital Media) Project


Partners: University of Oxford and University of Manchester. Explored the issues involved in preserving private papers in digital repositories. The project investigated accessioning and ingest issues, and processing papers in line with digital archiving and preservation requirements. Produced a template for ensuring long-term access for institutional holdings of personal papers and a workbook with best practice guidelines.


PLANETS (Preservation and Long-Term Access through Networked Services) Project


Multi-partner EU-funded 4-year project which started on 1 June 2006. The primary goal for Planets is to build practical services and tools to help ensure long-term access to our digital cultural and scientific assets.




JISC-funded project investigating the development of preservation services for digital repositories. Partners: University of Southampton, University of Oxford and the National Archives. The project carried out work in several key areas - the repository (software, design), storage, preservation services, and integration of the whole in a 'big picture' view.


SHERPA DP (Digital Preservation)


JISC-funded project, extended to a second phase, that investigated the provision of preservations services available for institutional repositories. The Arts & Humanities data Service developed a high-level model and shared preservation environment for use by these institutions. The second phase extended the study to cover repositories that archive additional, wide-ranging content types and implement different organisational models. Project partners SHERPA and the AHDS.


Preservation metadata


METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Specification, Library of Congress standard)


A flexible and robust way to define digital objects.


MODS (Metadata Object Description Scheme, Library of Congress standard)


Provides various ways to describe objects. Builds on MARC standards.


PREMIS (Preservation Metadata Implementation Strategy, Library of Congress standard)


Provides ways of describing objects that are essential for preservation of those objects.


OAIS (Open Archival Information System)


OAIS provides a reference model for an archival system designed to maintain access to digital resources and preserve them over time.


LMER (Long-term Preservation Metadata for Electronic resources)


German preservation metadata schema.


National Library of New Zealand Metadata Standards Framework - Preservation Metadata (Revised)



Selected organisations with significant digital preservation programmes that could relate to repositories


Digital Curation Centre


JISC-funded organisation supporting all aspects of digital curation.


Digital Preservation Coalition


Not-for-profit organisation in the UK. Objective is to raise awareness of the importance of preserving digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues.


LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) Program


Based at Stanford University Libraries, the program 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. Provides a format migration function.


NDIIPP (National Digital information and Infrastructure Preservation Program, US)


US Library of Congress initiative.


UKWAC (UK Web Archiving Consortium)


Consortium of UK national-level partners that between them have now archived over 1000 websites in a broad range of areas (e.g. the Wellcome Trust has focused on biomedical websites, the National Library of Scotland on Scottish cultural heritage websites.


Preservation services




A not-for-profit archiving service for the scholarly literature (so far, e-journals rather than repository content).




A not-for-profit trusted archiving service for the scholarly literature (over 1000 journals in print and electronic format).


Registry of Digital Masters


Managed and hosted by the Digital Library Federation (DLF) and OCLC. A national (US) digital registry of born-digital materials and digitally reformatted books and journals. By consulting the registry before digitisation efforts are undertaken, a content owner can determine if an appropriate digital version already exists and is being preserved in a professional manner that obviates the need for local management.

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Peter Burnhill said

at 12:23 pm on Apr 18, 2009

I suggest that CLOCKSS is added to the list of Preservation services, see http://www.clockss.org/

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