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The goal of deliverable PA/5-D12 was to provide a manual on the use of emulation services as part of a preservation strategy and the issues involved. [PDF, 107KB]
The market survey was carried out to ascertain the status and requirements of long-term management of digital information by European organisations that create or hold digital content.
Over 200 responses were received from a wide range of organisations with respondents representing a variety of different fields. Overall, two-fifths were from libraries and one third from archives.
The results show that there is a widespread awareness of the need to take practical steps to preserve the rapidly increasing volumes of digital content; however, many organisations are still seeking the technical and practical solutions to support their preservation-specific activities.
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View the survey analysis report [PDF, 149KB]
The selection of preservation strategy is one of the core areas in digital preservation endeavours. Different preservation requirements and goals across institutions and settings make the decision on which to implement very difficult. This report presents the Planets Preservation Planning approach to define and evaluate preservation plans. [PDF, 898KB]

Modelling Organizational Preservation Goals to Guide Digital Preservation
Angela Dappert and Adam Farquhar (The British Library)

Posted on 20th October 2009
This paper is an extended and updated version of the work reported at iPres 2008. Digital preservation activities can only succeed if they go beyond the technical properties of digital objects. They must consider the strategy, policy, goals, and constraints of the institution that undertakes them and take into account the cultural and institutional framework in which data, documents and records are preserved. Furthermore, because organizations differ in many ways, a one-size-fits-all approach cannot be appropriate. Fortunately, organizations involved in digital preservation have created documents describing their policies, strategies, work-flows, plans, and goals to provide guidance. They also have skilled staff who are aware of sometimes unwritten considerations. Within Planets (Farquhar & Hockx-Yu, 2007), a four-year project co-funded by the European Union to address core digital preservation challenges, we have analyzed preservation guiding documents and interviewed staff from libraries, archives, and data centres that are actively engaged in digital preservation. This paper introduces a conceptual model for expressing the core concepts and requirements that appear in preservation guiding documents. It defines a specific vocabulary that institutions can reuse for expressing their own policies and strategies. In addition to providing a conceptual framework, the model and vocabulary support automated preservation planning tools through an XML representation.

In: The International Journal of Digital Curation, Issue 2, Volume 4 | 2009, pp. 119-134 [PDF, 618KB]

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