Levels of Born-Digital Access

The Levels of Born-Digital Access provides a tiered set of format-agnostic practices to facilitate and improve access to born-digital materials across five distinct areas -- Accessibility, Description, Researcher Support and Discovery, Security, and Tools. In addition to defining a set of recommended baseline access requirements, the Levels also lays out concrete and actionable recommendations that institutions can implement according to their needs, resources, and abilities. Developed using an iterative and collaborative approach, the Levels document is responsive to practitioners’ and researchers’ needs, while also serving as a potentially inclusive model for future standards development.


DiAGRAM (the Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model created by the Safeguarding the Nation’s Digital Memory project)

Coronavirus emphasises the importance of record-keeping, particularly by governments. Public digital archives are crucial. But there’s lots of data and rapidly evolving technologies. It’s hard for archives to know where to best target their efforts. This project helps solve the targeting problem. We have created a mathematical model, DiAGRAM (Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model) that we can use to try out different scenarios and actions, through an online tool. DiAGRAM was developed by various archives together with risk modellers from Warwick University. Using the IDEA (“Investigate”, “Discuss”, “Estimate” and “Aggregate”) protocol, DiAGRAM includes the collective wisdom of many experts.


Oxford Common File Layout (OCFL) v1.0

The Oxford Common File Layout (OCFL) v1.0 specification describes an application-independent approach to the storage of digital information in a structured, transparent, and predictable manner. It is designed to promote long-term object management best practices within digital repositories that may use a variety of storage systems and replication strategies. This specification is unique in that it provides a practical and simple approach for implementers. Shared tooling using a standard approach will lower the barrier to the implementation of effective digital preservation.


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