Digital Preservation Resources

The field of digital preservation is, as one colleague recently pointed out, still very experimental. However there is a wealth of documentation and support coming from the community. Following up on my previous post about the NEDCC Digital Directions workshop, here is a summary list of the tools and resources mentioned at the session.

Digital preservation workflow at the most basic level.

Digital Curation
Attributes of Trusted Digital Repositories, OCLC 2002

Open Archival Information System, CCSDS 2003, 2012

Overview: What is Digital Curation?

DCC Lifecycle Model (University of Edinburgh)


Access and Reuse: Examples and Networks

Rijksstudio in Amsterdam

Serendip-o-matic: Let Your Sources Surprise You

Established collaboration networks:
Chronopolis — Digital Preservation Across Space & Time
Mirador a complimentary interface for searching IIIF-compliant collections


Project Planning & Management

Handbook for Digital Projects, [PDF, 1.4 Mb] Paul Conway, NEDCC, 2000

IMLS National Grant Application – useful framework for organizing thoughts and plans, even if not applying for funding

Project management tools: Basecamp, Microsoft Project, Zohoprojects

Task management tools: Asana, Trello


Guidelines and Best Practices

Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, San Diego Supercomputer Center

Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) (general)

FADGI: Audio-Visual Working Group

Guide to Developing a Request for Proposal for the Digitization of Video (and more), AVPreserve


Evaluation and Quality Assurance

AVPreserve: Tools

FADGI Guidelines

Embedded Metadata in Broadcast WAVE Files

Minimal Descriptive Embedded Metadata in Digital Still Images

Field Audio Collection Evaluation Tool (FACET)

Format Characteristics and Preservation Problems


Case Study: California Audiovisual Preservation Project (on the Internet Archive)

Preservation Management Resources

CALIPR – Automated tool for preservation needs assessment

CAVPP Workflow Overview [PDF, 172Kb] – similar to a statement of work

NERCOMP Digital video workshop

Here’s a great professional development opportunity for any group or organization that is currently supporting digital video services in an educational setting:

Stepping into the Digital Media Paradigm: Preserving Unique Collections, Sharing Resources and Creating new IT-Library-Faculty Partnerships

Thursday, April 14, 2011
8:00am – 3:30pm
Four Points Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike
Norwood, MA

I’m looking forward to hearing about the WGBH Open Vault.  The use of both the Video Furnace service as well as streaming media subscriptions at Brandeis University is also intriguing.  And of course it will be interesting to hear how our newly-emerging model for library/faculty/IT partnerships at Dartmouth is stacking up to efforts at other institutions.

So if you’re planning to attend this session please let me know. I’d welcome the chance to chat during a break or over lunch.

And if you haven’t heard about the Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) events, they are a great resource. NERCOMP is affiliated with EDUCAUSE, and provides dozens of informational and training opportunities every year. I’ve had the opportunity to attend previous events and was impressed by the quality of the information and the speakers.  Their events are a cost-effective opportunity for staff development without a major time commitment. I highly recommend their programs to anyone in educational/IT support: programmers, support staff, managers, librarians, and anyone else who uses technology to serve an academic audience.