Work Package 4: Repositories, Preservation and Sustainability

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Much of the work in WP4 is based on the eBank-UK report "A Study of Curation and Preservation issues in the eCrystals Data Repository and proposed federation" (September 2007), which identified several areas for investigation and development, including audit and certification, preservation metadata and representation information. However, we also attempt to take account of recent developments in the areas of digital curation and preservation including preservation planning and significant properties.


Preservation Planning

Planning the future with PLANETS: a preservation planning tutorial April 14th-15th 2008, Austrian Computer Society, Vienna, Austria

PLANETS Preservation Planning Tool (PLATO)

DigitalPreservationEurope, April 2008, “DPE Repository Planning Checklist and Guidance DPED3.2"

Sarah Higgins, "Draft DCC Curation Lifecycle Model", International Journal of Digital Curation, Vol 2(2), December 2007

Federation Issues

Neil Beagrie; Julia Chruszcz; and Brian Lavoie, "Keeping Research Data Safe", 12th May 2008

LOCKSS -Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe

DCC LOCKSS Technical Support Service


Audit and Certification

DRAMBORA: Get help with your self audit

Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) toolkit

"Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC)", Version 1.0, February 2007, Center for Research Libraries and RLG Programs (revised and expanded version of The Audit Checklist for the Certification of Trusted Digital Repositories, originally developed by [RLG-NARA Digital Repository Certification Task Force) "DINI-Certificate Document and Publications Services 2007", Draft Version, Version 2, Electronic Publishing Working Group, Sept. 2006

"The Role of Evidence in Establishing Trust in Repositories", Seamus Ross and Andrew McHugh, Dlib magazine 12(7/8), July/August 2006

"Digital Repository Certification: A Report from Germany", Suzanne Dobratz and Astrid Schoger, DINI/NESTOR, October 2005

"An Audit Checklist for the Certification of Trusted Digital Repositories", RLG/NARA, August 2005

"Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and Responsibilities", An RLG OCLC Report, May 2002

"UK LOCKSS Pilot Programme Evaluation Report", P. Dalton and A.Conyers
LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) is an e-mail archiving system which enables institutions to keep licensed e-journal content on local servers so that in the event that the material is no longer accessible from the publisher's servers, users can still access it. LOCKSS is an open-source, peer-to-peer, decentralised, digital preservation infrastructure that was developed, and is still maintained, by Stanford University Library. The UK LOCKSS Pilot Programme is based at the University of Glasgow and supports a community of UK LOCKSS users comprising of thirty UK Higher Education Institutions. The report considers the future sustainability of the UK LOCKSS Programme and contains recommendations.

Preservation Metadata

PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata version 2.0, April 2008

Priscilla Caplan, "Preservation Metadata", DCC Digital Curation Manual, August 2006

Representation Information

Manjula Patel and Alexander Ball "Challenges and issues relating to the use of Representation Information for the digital curation of Crystallography and Engineering Data", Third International Digital Curation Conference, Washington DC, December 2007

Adrian Brown, "PLANETS White Paper: Representation Information Registries", January 2008

"Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System", ISO:14721:2002, Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems

"The Open Archival information System Reference Model: Introductory Guide," by Brian Lavoie, DPC Technology Watch Report Series 04-01, January 2004

Significant Properties

The Significant Properties of Digital Objects, JISC/BL/DPC Workshop, April 2008

Andrew Wilson, Significant Properties Report, InSPECT Project, April 2007


DRAMBORA Assessment Report (due March 2009)

Preservation Metadata Report (due March 2009)

Representation Information Report (due March 2009)

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