Links to the following organizations, standards, and best practices are provided as highlights of resources about digital preservation and digital preservation activities. Additional resources can be found on the Events page.


Digital Curation Centre
Based in the UK, the Digital Curation Centre provides resources and training on many topics related to digital curation and preservation and provides a central go-to location for scientists, researchers, and scholars.

Digital Preservation Coalition
Based in the UK, the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is an advocate for digital preservation. DPC works internationally to provide advice, advocacy, training, and resources about digital preservation to others. The Technology Watch Reports and Digital Preservation Handbook are specific resources on digital preservation issues.

National Library of Australia
Formally addressing digital preservation issues for over 10 years, the National Library of Australia makes its Digital Preservation Policy, statements of preservation intent, project information, and other publications available to review.

Standards/Best Practices

Open Archival Information System (OAIS)
The OAIS Reference Model provides a framework to assist with understanding archival/preservation concepts, including system architecture, roles and responsibilities, and overarching concepts including ingest, archival storage, data management, and access. OAIS is also an ISO Standard: ISO 14721:2012.

PREMIS: Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata
PREMIS is the international standard for preservation metadata. The Data Dictionary in conjunction with the supporting documentation can assist with understanding PREMIS Data Model and how the metadata elements work together to assist with documenting long-term preservation activities.

Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) and Trusted Repository and Audit Checklist (TRAC) The Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) document become an ISO standard (ISO 16363:2012) and is based on the Trusted Digital Repositories and Audit Checklist (TRAC) standard. Both TDR and TRAC provide a method of assessment of the trustworthiness of a digital repository and address the organizational infrastructure, the management of digital objects, and the overall system architecture. More information on both can be found on the Center for Research Libraries website.

Page last modified September 18, 2019.


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