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Long-term Preservation of Electronic Theses and Dissertations: A Case Study in Preservation Planning
Christoph Becker, Stephan Strodl, Robert Neumayer, and Andreas Rauber (Vienna University of Technology), Eleonora Nicchiarelli and Max Kaiser (The Austrian National Library)

Posted on 17th January 2008
Abstract: "An increasing number of institutions throughout the world face legal obligations to collect and preserve digital objects over years. A range of tools exist today to support the variety of preservation strategies such as migration or emulation. Yet, different preservation requirements across institutions and settings make the decision on which solution to implement very difficult. The Austrian National Library will have to preserve electronic theses and dissertations provided in PDF. It is thus investigating potential preservation solutions. The preservation planning approach taken in the Planets project is used to evaluate various alternatives with respect to specific requirements. It provides an approach to make informed and accountable decisions on which solution to implement in order to preserve digital objects for a given purpose. We analyse the performance of various preservation strategies with respect to the specified requirements for the preservation of masterís theses and dissertations and present the results."

The paper was accepted for presentation at the Ninth Russian National Research Conference, RCDL'07, held on October 15-18 2007 in Pereslawl, Russia.
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This is a presentation given by Christoph Becker, Vienna University of Technology, at the Ninth Russian National Research Conference (RCDL'07) on 17 October 2007 in Pereslavl, Russia. It touches upon the problems concerning digital preservation and the challenges organisations are faced with when having to choose the best strategy for digital preservation. It presents the preservation planning methodology (including the objective tree), Plato (the Planets preservation planning workflow system) and the results of a case study done on the collection and preservation of Austrian theses and dissertations. [PDF, 1234KB]

Long-term Preservation of Electronic Theses and Dissertations: A Case Study in Preservation Planning
Christoph Becker, Stephan Strodl, Robert Neumayer and Andreas Rauber (all Vienna University of Technology), Eleonora Nicchiarelli and Max Kaiser (both The Austrian National Library)

Posted on 20th October 2009
An increasing number of institutions throughout the world face legal obligations to collect and preserve digital objects over years. A range of tools exist today to support the variety of preservation strategies such as migration or emulation. Yet, different preservation requirements across institutions and settings make the decision on which solution to implement very difficult. The Austrian National Library will have to preserve electronic theses and dissertations provided in PDF. It is thus investigating potential preservation solutions. The preservation planning approach taken in the Planets project is used to evaluate various alternatives with respect to specific requirements. It provides an approach to make informed and accountable decisions on which solution to implement in order to preserve digital objects for a given purpose. We analyse the performance of various preservation strategies with respect to the specified requirements for the preservation of masterís theses and dissertations and present the results.

This paper was presented at the Ninth Russian National Research Conference, RCDL'07, held on October 15-18 2007 in Pereslawl, Russia.

In: Proceedings of the Ninth Russian National Research Conference on Digital Libraries: Advanced Methods and Technologies, Digital Collections (RCDL'07). Pereslavl, Russia, October 15-18, 2007. [PDF, 168KB]

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