Peter Chan - Digital Archivist at the Stanford University Libraries.
Before you get too deep into your digital asset management initiative planning, it is important to make sure your need is justified and reasonable. While the promise of Digital Asset Management is attractive to virtually all organizations, in some cases, DAM initiatives fail because the organization’s needs and expectations were not in line with the realities of DAM.
Policy matters most
The Final Conference of DCH-RP Project took place at the National Central Library of Rome, and it was organised under the umbrella of the Italian EU Presidency.
The main objective of the workshop has been to provide an overview of the main outcomes achieved by the DCH-RP project, focusing on the Roadmap for Preservation of Digital Cultural Heritage and on the potential role of e-infrastructure in the preservation of DCH.
The SCAPE Preservation Policy Framework consists of three preservation policy levels that can support an organisation in creating their preservation policies set.
By connecting these three levels and identifying clearly which level is fit for which purpose, we intend to make the creation of a preservation policy for organisations
more straightforward and better prepared for machine readable policies.
The Library of Congress has a fundamental commitment to acquiring, preserving and making accessible in the long term the creative output of the nation and the world. The Library has devised the Recommended Format Specifications to enable it to identify what formats will most easily lend themselves to preservation and long-term access, especially with regard to digital formats.
Digitization guidelines have proliferated in many forms over the last fifteen years, and all of them reflect a set of best practices that continues to evolve. These guidelines attempt to complement this body of knowledge by addressing the specific needs related to planning digitization projects for rare and special collections. They are written from the point-of-view of special collection managers, rare book librarians, curators, and researchers who study the physical object as an artefact bearing intrinsic historical evidence as much as for the intellectual content that it contains.
Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations collect, create, and steward a rapidly increasing volume of digital content. Both research conclusions and professionals’ real-life experiences expose the inherent fragility of this content. The cultural heritage and information science communities have developed guidelines, best practices, policies, procedures, and processes that can enable an organization to achieve high levels of digital preservation.
Kari Smith's, from MIT Libraries, LYRASIS presentation focuses on models and suggestions for working professionals who cannot take time out from their current job to do an internship or residency for gaining hands-on experience in digital curation.
The EU co-funded TIMBUS project focuses on resilient business processes. It will make the execution context, within which data is processed, analysed, transformed and rendered, accessible over long periods. Furthermore, continued accessibility is often considered as a set of activities carried out in the isolation of a single domain. TIMBUS, however, considers the dependencies on third-party services, information and capabilities that will be necessary to validate digital information in a future usage context.
DCAT is an RDF vocabulary designed to facilitate interoperability between data catalogs published on the Web. This document defines the schema and provides examples for its use.
By using DCAT to describe datasets in data catalogs, publishers increase discoverability and enable applications easily to consume metadata from multiple catalogs. It further enables decentralized publishing of catalogs and facilitates federated dataset search across sites. Aggregated DCAT metadata can serve as a manifest file to facilitate digital preservation.