PREMIS Data Dictionary and related resources

PREMIS is the de-facto standard for preservation metadata and is today implemented in countless digital preservation systems – open as well as closed source, serving large archives as well as small repositories, supporting end-to-end processes as well as tools for specific tasks. But PREMIS is also much more than metadata: the Data Dictionary is a description of core information about digital objects. It can be used to implement PREMIS, but also to understand digital preservation processes and to benchmark your own solution. Lastly, PREMIS is also an active community as can be seen in countless implementation fairs, tutorials, workshops and discussions around the globe over the past 20 years.

Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI): Supporting Collaboration, Cooperation and Community Building for Digital Preservation

The Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) is a collaborative effort started in 2007 and is led by the Library of Congress to articulate common sustainable practices and guidelines for digitized and born digital historical, archival and cultural content. FADGI comprises two working groups, Still Image and Audio-Visual, with active participation from a wide range of constituents. FADGI’s sustained impact on the digital preservation landscape is significant including free and open access to its well researched guidelines and support for open source tools to implement the guidelines. Its body of work covers the prominent “Star Rating” imaging guidelines, embedded metadata guidelines and tools, file format research and more.

PRONOM Technical Registry

PRONOM is a file format registry, created to support preservation planning for digital records. It collects key data about file formats which is used for the purposes of identification and reference. It was made publicly available in 2005 and this year, released its 100th update. PRONOM data is utilised by practitioners of digital preservation and related fields across many industries. Multiple file format identification software applications including DROID, Siegfried and FIDO make use of PRONOM data. Hosted by The National Archives for 20 years, it is an open-source community initiative with institutions across the globe contributing to this resource.

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