When the Library of Congress first issued the Recommended Formats Statement, one aim was to provide our staff with guidance on the technical characteristics of formats, which they could consult in the process of recommending and acquiring content. But we were also aware that preservation and long-term access to digital content is an interest shared by a wide variety of stakeholders and not simply a parochial concern of the Library. Nor did we have any mistaken impression that we would get all the right answers on our own or that the characteristics would not change over time.
The British Library’s Digital Preservation Team is sometimes asked to help resolve the preservation planning challenges of Library colleagues and other organisations. This post describes a recent request for assistance, the steps taken to learn more, the conclusions reached, and where this leads us next.
The TIFF format and lossless compression
This report presents the findings of a study conducted by Bertram Lyons and Kara Van Malssen of AVPreserve, on behalf of the Library of Congress, to evaluate the existing state of technical, structural, and preservation metadata for audiovisual resources in the bibliographic environment in light of existing standards for audiovisual metadata, and to make recommendations about how BIBFRAME can support the expression of such information.
Software emulation is an important tool for preservation of digital artworks because it allows researchers to experience complex digital materials in their native creation environments, and can thereby enable full access to “software dependent content,” the term offered by Euan Cochrane, Digital Preservation Manager at Yale University, for content that is integral to the overall meaning of a work, but which “requires a particular and limited range of software environments in order to be interacted with, rendered, viewed or consumed.”
In today's post, I'd like to talk a little about PREMIS (the data dictionary, not the working group--although I'm sure they're all great people, like Evelyn!). We've been using something akin to PREMIS Lite as part of our digital archiving workflow for a while now. As part of our work on the ArchivesSpace-Archivematica-DSpace Workflow Integration project, however, and in thinking about our eventual move to Hydra, we're gearing up to implement something more like PREMIS Proper, especially for PREMIS Rights.
The BIBFRAME Pilot is underway and is a component of a major effort by the Library of Congress to lead the library community into the linked open data world. Developing BIBFRAME requires involvement of information specialists to create a new ecosystem in which bibliographic data are compatible with the broader World Wide Web environment. Speakers will discuss progress to date, relevance of BIBFRAME in today’s environment, and the current status of the BIBFRAME Editor, including a demonstration of the modifications to the Editor from a programmer’s perspective.
Unique opportunity for recent PhD recipients from the Council on Library and Information Resources
The MIT Libraries will host a Software Curation Postdoctoral Fellow as part of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. CLIR Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among library collections, educational technologies, and current research.
Digital content — from word processing files to websites to video games — offers preservationists challenges that go beyond those encountered when preserving books, manuscripts, and photographs. Unlike these relatively self-contained items, digital content is linked inextricably to the machinery and programs used to present it.