The following resources are provided to help you to move forward with digital preservation after carrying out a RAM assessment.


The resources are organized using the 11  sections of DPC RAM so you can quickly skip to the relevant resources if you want to focus on making progress in a particular area. 


We are keen that the community learns from the work that others have carried out, so: 

  • Please contact us if you have suggestions of other resources to add to this list. Perhaps you have found a way to move forward in an area of RAM and have useful information to share that could help others?
  • If you have a success story of how you used RAM within your organization to make progress in digital preservation - perhaps using it within a business case or sharing the results to advocate for digital preservation to colleagues - please let us know. We would love to be able to share your story with others.




A - Organizational viability

Governance, organizational structure, staffing and resourcing of digital preservation activities.

  • DPC Executive Guide - generic and specific messages and motivators designed to communicate with senior executives, legislators and budget holders.
  • Business Case Toolkit - a comprehensive toolkit to help practitioners and middle managers build business cases to fund digital preservation activities.
  • Novice to Know-How - this online learning pathway aims to provide beginners with the skills required to develop and implement simple digital preservation workflows within their organisation.
  • Career Development Fund - this funding opportunity (for DPC Members) offers an on-going programme of grants for relevant training and development opportunities.
  • Staff Training and Development (Digital Preservation Handbook)

B - Policy and strategy

Policies, strategies, and procedures which govern the operation and management of the digital archive.

C - Legal basis

Management of legal rights and responsibilities, compliance with relevant regulation and adherence to ethical codes related to acquiring, preserving and providing access to digital content.

D - IT capability

Information Technology capabilities for supporting digital preservation activities.

E - Continuous improvement

Processes for the assessment of current digital preservation capabilities, the definition of goals and the monitoring of progress.

F - Community

Engagement with and contribution to the wider digital preservation community.

  • There are numerous relevant communities you may wish to engage with or become an active part of, for example the Open Preservation Foundation, the Digital Curation Centre, content specific user groups, software or system specific user groups (and of course the DPC!)
  • Start your own digital preservation blog, or contact the DPC if you would like to submit a blog post to share your work with the wider community.
  • There are numerous mailing lists you can join where digital preservation issues are regularly discussed, for example DIGITAL-PRESERVATION, Digital Curation, RESEARCH-DATAMAN, PASIG-discuss, ALA digipres and Australasia Preserves. DPC members can also join the DPC Discussion mailing list - contact us to ask to be added.
  • Digipres Commons - this site details an array of collaborative approaches and community driven resources for digital preservation.
  • The DPC hold numerous events to enable the community to come together and learn from each other. Take a look at our events page to see what is coming up.

G - Acquisition, transfer and ingest

Processes to acquire or transfer content and ingest it into a digital archive.

  • COPTR (Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry) - a great source of information about tools that can be used to support all the stages of the digital preservation lifecycle, including tools for functions that typically occur on ingest.
  • COW (Community Owned Workflows) - information about workflows that institutions have employed to carry out digital preservation activities (note that this resource will be further developed in 2021).
  •  Acquisition and Appraisal (Digital Preservation Handbook)

H - Bitstream preservation

Processes to ensure the storage and integrity of digital content to be preserved.

I - Content preservation

Processes to preserve the meaning of the digital content and ensure its continued accessibility and usability over time.

J - Metadata management

Processes to create and maintain sufficient metadata to support preservation, discovery and use of preserved digital content.

K - Discovery and access

Processes to enable discovery of digital content and provide access for users.

  •  Access (Digital Preservation Handbook)


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