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DP4Lib project results published
The DP4Lib project has published three documents in German language, in which some of the project results are summarized. They can be downloaded here.
written by: Natascha Schumann (2012-06-22)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2012-05-04)
 
DIN 31 646 - Information and documentation - Requirements for long-term management of persistent identifiers (Draft)
Working Group NA 009-00-15 AA on "trustworthiness of persistent identifier services" at the NABD of DIN e.V. has developed a draft standard for persistent identifiers and released for comment. more
written by: Philipp Höhler (2012-04-16)
 
This year, long-term preservation experts meet to exchange their experiences in the Berlin Museum of Decorative Arts on Tuesday, 19 June 2012.
The event focusses first on how long-term preservation can be financed, and which costs- and business models are possible. On the other hand, the focus is on the long-term preservation of Audio-Visual media. more
written by: Philipp Höhler (2012-04-16)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2012-02-24)
 
2nd LIBER international workshop on digital preservation
The LIBER Steering Committee for Heritage Collections and Preservation, in collaboration with the Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale in Florence and the National Library of the Netherlands, invite on May 7th and 8th 2012 to attend the second international workshop on digital preservation.
The workshop will provide an overview of the best-known collaborative initiatives: the stakeholders involved, the basic set-ups, the legal foundations, the business models – and wants to help analyse which alternatives are best suited for each particular organisation, type of collection and national culture. [more]
written by: Philipp Höhler (2012-02-07)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2011-12-19)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2011-12-19)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2011-12-19)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2011-11-18)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2011-11-16)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2011-11-07)
 
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2011-10-13)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2011-10-07)
 
nestor Day 2011 in Mannheim, Germany
The nestor Day 2011 brings together experts from different communities to discuss new developments and practical approaches to digital preservation.
In addition to the presentation stands, there will be a program with speeches, where among others several nestor working groups will present their results. The event provides a forum for exchange of experience and is open to all who deal with the practical and concrete issues of digital Long-Term Preservation.
Read the programme here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2011-08-30)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2011-07-15)
 
Volume 4 of nestor edition published
The thesis of Christoph Becker on „Trustworthy Preservation Planning“ (in english) has now been released as volume 4 of the “nestor edition”. It can be downloaded here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2011-07-07)
 
PDF/A-2 Standard Published by ISO
The PDF/A Competence Center is pleased to announce that the International Standards Organization (ISO) has published the second part of the PDF/A standard in the form of ISO 19005-2. This provides compression, archiving and effect enhancements, as well as allowing users to add digital signatures. read more
written by: Philipp Höhler (2011-07-04)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2011-05-30)
 
written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2011-05-16)
 
Out of the Box
With the event Out of the Box: Building and Using Web Archive Collections the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) together with the Koninklijke Bibliotheek will offer an opportunity for curators and creators of web archives to show off the contents of their collections through stories, illustrations and demonstrations and discuss their collection policies. Researchers and users of web archives will be able to present and discuss their needs and expectations when approaching a collection of archival web sites.
Attendance of this one‐day event is open to all, with no registration costs. Please fill out the registration form.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2011-04-14)
 
DROID 6.0 is now available from The National Archives (UK)
DROID 6.0 identifies files in a completely new way, making it more accurate than previous versions. In addition to using binary signatures, DROID 6.0 now uses container signatures for looking inside zip and OLE2 formats, for much better identification. It is also easier to update and create new signatures. DROID 6.0 is faster too, optimising recognition code so that it needs to scan a lot less of the file than previously to make an accurate identification.
DROID (Digital Record Object Identification) can identify over 770 different formats, using a combination of file format extensions and over 300 digital signatures that look inside the file itself to determine its format. Download DROID 6.0 here.

written by: Philipp Höhler (2011-03-04)
 
nestor comments on the copyright law
The “nestor Working group Legal Issues”, has released a statement on the current materials for the so-called 3rd Basket of the Amendment of the German Copyright Law. This statement claims the necessity of regulations in the copyright law which should privilege digital long-term preservation issues over purely multiplying measures in order to preserve the already existing stock as well as they should grant measures of transformation and reconstruction. With this statement nestor wants to obtain a legal basis for digital contents which legitimizes both the acquisition and the subsequent treatment of digital documents, which become necessary during long-term preservation. According to nestor only a sufficient legal foundation can speed up the development of the appropriate infrastructure and will bring forward effective concepts and necessary investments.
Read the nestor comment here. (in german)
written by: Philipp Höhler (2011-02-17)
 
New Framework: Vocational Education for Digital Curators
Work has begun on Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe (DigCurV) , a new project funded by the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci programme to establish a framework for vocational education and training in digital curation which was launched in January.
Europe’s digital sector has seen strong growth in recent years. The rapid pace of development in the information technology sector has presented both challenges and opportunities to cultural institutions responsible for managing digital collections and their long-term preservation. One of the challenges faced by institutions has been in recruiting staff with skills in the field of digital curation. DigCurV aims to address the availability of vocational education and training needed by curators in the library, archive, museum and cultural heritage sectors to develop the new skills that are essential for the long-term management of digital collections.
This thirty-month project will identify, analyse and profile existing training opportunities, survey training needs in the sector to identify the key skills and competences required of digital curators. It will establish a curriculum framework from which training can be developed in future. The curriculum will be tested and evaluated by stakeholders during the project.

DigCurV brings together organisations from Europe, Canada and the USA with a strong track record of international work in the field of digital libraries and digital preservation. The partners include the iSchool at the University of Toronto (Canada); Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale (Italy); Goettingen State and University Library (Germany); HATII (UK); MDR Partners (UK); Trinity College Dublin, the Long Room Hub (Ireland) and Vilnius University Library (Lithuania).
The network of associated partners includes the Digital Preservation Coalition (UK), Institute of Museum and Library Services (USA), the nestor - Network of Expertise (Germany) and is open to new members.

More Information you wil find here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2011-02-17)
 
Draft standard released for public comment
The draft standard "Information and documentation - Guide to the transfer of information objects into digital long-term archives" which has been developed by the working group "Ingest" of the DIN standardization committee “Records management and long-term preservation of digital information objects” (NABD 15) has been released for public comment here
written by: Natascha Schumann (2011-02-08)
 
Permanent exhibition at Berlin Computerspielemuseum
In the newly openend, world-wide singular permanent exhibition for the cultural history of Computer games the Computerspielemuseum shows in new areas the highlights from over sixty years development of this mass medium. On an expanse of approximately 670 square meters a playground and an experimentation area developed, which make both the technology as well as the cultural history of the computer game perceptible. Medial productions and interactive exhibits invite to explore the historical and future development. On the basis of numerous, often rare original exhibits the fusion of technology, human creativity and play in the historical context becomes comprehensible. Besides the question is examined, what kind of consequences digitization will bring.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2011-01-18)
 
Introduction to new approaches in digital preservation
The European project SHAMAN and nestor qualification are delighted to announce the training event ‘Introduction to new approaches in digital preservation’, which will take place at the German National Library in Frankfurt (DE), on 1 February 2011.
Please find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2011-01-11)
 
Workshop on Long-Term Preservation of Retro-Digitized Content
A workshop themed "Long-Term Preservation of Retro-Digitized Content - Fields of Action and Practical Experience" (in german) will be held on January 20th 2011 at the Bavarian State Library (BSB) in Munich. The event is organized by the MĂŒnchener Digitalisierungszentrum (MDZ), the BSB and the Leibniz-Rechenzentrum in cooperation with nestor. Further Information can be found here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2010-12-10)
 
PRONOM database expands thanks to international partnership
The National Archives PRONOM service, an online registry of file formats which is crucial to digital preservation, has been able to significantly expand its database thanks to a successful partnership with Georgia Tech Research Institute and The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in the United States.
Further Information you will find here.
written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2010-12-10)
 
Publication on Archiving of digital literature released
In this special issue of the magazine SPIEL: “Siegener periodical for International Empirical Literature Study” new methods and objects of the archiving of Net Literature are presented with very different points of view being represented. In addition to theoretical articles on this topic’s specific problems, Net authors, Electronic literature authors, E-poets and institutes engaged in or familiar with archiving comment on this.
Further information can be found here.
The volume can be ordered on-line .
written by: Philipp Höhler (2010-11-26)
 
Project LeA in Saxony
The Saxon State Archive published am organisational concept and a functional specification of their Electronic Archive. More information is available here (in German).
written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2010-11-19)
 
Description of long-term preservation services
A group of National Libraries – the National Libraries of Germany, Norway, and the Netherlands, and the British Library – have developed and published a description of long-term preservation services in a Digital Library environment. The document sets out a framework allowing libraries to seek information about products relevant for these service areas. The document is available here.
written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2010-10-05)
 
Socio-economic success factors for digital preservation in Germany
nestor has published a position paper on the Final Report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation.

written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2010-10-04)
 
Volume 2 of nestor edition published
The revised diploma thesis of Thorsten Wetzenstein, „Digitale Langzeitarchivierung unter dem Aspekt des Access” has been released as volume 2 of the “nestor edition”. It can be downloaded hier.
written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2010-09-01)
 
German translation of "Understanding PREMIS"
The German translation of "Understanding PREMIS" has been released by the PREMIS Editorial Committee. It is a "gentle" introduction to the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, giving an overview of its scope and goals. The German translation "PREMIS verstehen" is available here. It can also be accessed via the nestor website on "Preservation metadata standards".

PREMIS stands for "PREservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies" and the PREMIS Data Dictionary. Priscilla Caplan of the Florida Center for Library Automation wrote the original document for the Library of Congress.

written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2010-08-27)
 
Draft standard released for public comment
The draft standard DIN 31644, which has been developed by the working group „Trusted digital long-term repositories“ of the DIN standardization committee “Records management and long-term preservation of digital information objects” (NABD 15) has been released for public comment here.
Comments concerning the draft standard can be sent via email to nabd@din.de or by postmail to NABD im DIN, 10772 Berlin.
written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2010-08-09)
 
PARSE.Insight Interactive Map
One result of the PARSE.Insight project is an interactive map, which gives an overview of the organisations active in digital preservation. The interactive map is based on information the project partners found during their research, so the map tries not to be complete.
The map can be accessed here.
The complete list of results of the PARSE.Insight project can be found on the PARSE.Insight project homepage.
written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2010-07-19)
 
Austrian National Library opens Web@rchive Austriais
The Austrian National Library announced per press item that the Web@rchive Austriais is now open to the public. The archive can be accessed on special terminals at the Austrian National Library.
written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2010-07-01)
 
Greater than the sums of our parts? IPRES-Workshop in Vienna, Sept 2010
Digital preservation already has a number of structured collaborative alliances which operate in their own countries to effect change. The DPC in the UK, NCDD in the Netherlands, NDIIPP in the US and nestor in Germany represent four different, but well established national collaborative efforts. In a joint workshop representatives of these coalitions will share their experience, will debate the benefits of collaborative endeavour and will reflect candidly on what has worked and what has not. Do the different experiences of these organisations reveal anything about the way in which the digital preservation community might make more rapid and more efficient progress to resolve a shared challenge? How have their missions evolved? What might our next grand challenges be? What are the barriers to closer collaboration and how might these be addressed? [more]
written by: Philipp Höhler (2010-07-01)
 
Wellcome Library blogs and twitters on JPEG 2000
The Wellcome Library in London, one of the worlds major resources for the study of medical history, has launched a new Blog dedicated to JPEG 2000. The blog charts the libraries progress in determining what type of JPEG 2000 will be used, how to use it, and how it impacts on the rest of the Digital Library infrastructure. The blog is also fed to the Wellcome Libraries new Twitter account, Wellcome Digital , where you can also keep abreast of news and views on UK PubMed Central and the development of the Digital Library and digitisation programme.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2010-06-24)
 
Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography
This bibliography (version 1) presents selected English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation. Most sources have been published between 2000 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints for published articles in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories. Note that e-prints and published articles may not be identical.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2010-05-17)
 
nestor Summer School, 14-18 June 2010
The nestor Summer School on “Digital Preservation of Complex Objects” will take place at the BDB-Musikakademie in Staufen/Breisgau during the week beginning 14 June 2010.
Apllication closes on 2 June 2010. An early bird discount can be offered until 17 May 2010. The registration fee also includes course materials, accommodation, and meals.
More information is available here.
written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2010-05-04)
 
Library of Congress archives Twitterfeeds
The Library of Congress announced via its Twitter feed that it starts archiving all “tweets” sent out on Twitter: “Library to acquire ENTIRE Twitter archive -- ALL public tweets, ever, since March 2006!“ More information is available Call for Participation
The Blue Ribbon task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access is concerned with digital long-term archiving as economic problem. In February 2010 the task Force published its final report, in which it proposes a set of recommendations, how resources can be mobilized for long-term archiving. nestor would like to examine the transferability of the BRTF recommendations for Germany. nestor too wants to point out possibilities of adaption and to develop a position paper in a group. This activity should begin at the end of of April and be finished by summer 2010.
Therefore we would like to invite everyone who is interested to take part and to contact the nestor office by 16 April 2010.
mailto:n.schumann@d-nb.de
written by: Philipp Höhler (2010-04-06)
 
Ensuring Perpetual Access – German National Hosting Strategy for electronic resources – Study now available
The study was commissioned by the Alliance of German Science Organisations to help develop a strategy to address the challenges of perpetual access and hosting of electronic resources. In undertaking the study we were requested to focus on commercial e-journals and retro-digitised material.
Although developed for Germany, there is substantial discussion and recommendations around the issues of perpetual access, archiving, and sustainability of hosting and access services for these materials which will be of interest to an international audience. (Neil Beagrie)
Read the study here
written by: Philipp Höhler (2010-04-06)
 
written by: Philipp Höhler (2010-04-01)
 
Information sheets on Long-Term Preservation of digital Resources in museums
The Information-sheets (in german) intend to give aid in helping yourself. The specific sheets deal with different aspects of the long-term preservation of digital resources in museums. As addition in some of the sheets topic-referred hyperlinks are to find - and partly also hints for free tools. [more]
written by: Philipp Höhler (2010-03-18)
 
Intensive Workshop in June: PDF/A for Barrier free Libraries
PDF/A (ISO 19005) is the standard for the long-term preservation of electronic documents. The interest of libraries in PDF/A is strong; both for scanned documents and for electronic publications. With this Workshop the PDF/A Competence center offers purposeful information. The advisers are proven experts in their topic areas. The Workshop offers much opportunity to discuss and socialize with colleagues from other libraries.
June 10th, 10:00 to 16:00 p.m.
Registration form
written by: Philipp Höhler (2010-03-15)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2010-03-10)
 
written by: Natascha Schumann (2010-01-29)
 
New DPC Technology Watch Report: File Formats for Preservation
The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) released a new report to the DPC Technology Watch Report Series: File Formats for Preservation, written by Malcolm Todd of The National
Archives. The report can be downloaded here. The report provides an account of the challenges that format management creates for long term access and it provides concrete recommendations which can inform preservation strategies.

written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2009-12-02)
 
New DFG project „LOCKSS and kopal Infrastruktur und InteroperabilitĂ€t“ (LuKII)
The goal of this DFG funded project is to establish interoperability between the open-source elements of two existing archiving systems (LOCKSS and KOPAL) in order to combine cost-effective bitstream preservation with an established tool for usability maintenance and format migration. The Berlin School of Library and Information Science and the Computer and Media Service of the Humboldt-UniversitÀt Berlin work together with the German National Library (DNB) in order to establish a LOCKSS network in Germany including infrastructure to provide ongoing technical support and management for LOCKSS. Another goal is to conceptualize and implement interoperability between LOCKSS and kopal in order to combine bitstream preservation with well-developed usability preservation tools. More information can be found here.
written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2009-11-20)
 
Programme SIARD published
The Swiss Federal Archive has now established an opportunity to order the free software programme SIARD (Software Independent Archiving of Relational Databases).
The tool supports the ingest of relational data bases. It transforms the data into the open SIARD format. SIARD Suite is based on international acknowledged standards as XML, SQL: 1999 and Unicode. It supports currently the following databases: Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Access.
written by: Christian Keitel (2009-11-13)
 
nestor-studies 14 released: On Long-Term Preservation of Multimedia Resources
The study reflects on the current state of existing digital repositories, specialized on the long-term preservation and -availability of multimedia resources, mostly audio and video formats. Demands, featured in the Catalogue of Criteria for Trusted Digital Repositories (nestor-studies 8), were discussed and refined with regard to continuous accessibility of digital media.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2009-10-20)
 
nestor-Seminar "SIARD und IngestList - Tools for archiving of databases (Fachverfahren)"
written by: Natascha Schumann (2009-10-12)
 
JHOVE2 alpha prototype available for evaluation
An alpha prototype version of JHOVE2 is now available for download and evaluation. Distribution packages (in zip and tar.gz form) are available on the JHOVE2 public wiki. The new JHOVE2 architecture reflected in this prototype is described in the architectural overview.
The JHOVE2 Mailinglist can be used for discussion of experiences with the new software.
written by: Sabine Schrimpf (2009-08-17)
 
Registration open for iPRES2009
The iPRES2009 conference will be held October 5-6, 2009 in the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. The conference theme is on integration of digital preservation into the mainstream of digital scholarship, culture, and commerce. Details about the program will be announced at the conference homepage, soon. Early-bird registration is possible through September 11, 2009.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2009-07-28)
 
nestor carries on (II) - Press release on the nestor closing event
A press report entitled "Long-Term Preservation of digital data remains an unsolved problem" on the nestor closing event was released online on June 11th 2009 by the german "c't - Magazin zur Computertechnik".
Read the article here. (in german)
written by: Philipp Höhler (2009-06-15)
 
nestor carries on - Jointly saving the digital knowledge
Invitation to the nestor final event on June, 10th 2009 at the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin.
After the expiration of the project grant by the BMBF in June 2009 the project partner agreed to continue their work in a co-operative alliance.
Themed "nestor carries on - Jointly saving the digital knowledge" the first part of the event features general aspects, followed by a second one, which presents more detailed technical, specialist and organisational fields - by means of a moderated round table talk. Detailed information on the speakers and topics and on the venue and your registration you will find here (in german).
Attendance free.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2009-04-29)
 
written by: Dagmar Otto (2009-04-02)
 
nestor Workshop for Archivists on March, 24th at the Bundesarchiv in Koblenz
The Bundesarchiv hosts a workshop for archivists interested in the long term preservation of electronic records at the 24th of March 2009. The focus of the seminar is on a comparison of two digital archives. The language of the seminar is german. You can find the explicit (german) description of the workshop and the terms of registration here.
written by: Karsten Huth (2009-02-23)
 
Innovation forum CINEARCHIV digital 25th of March 2009 Babelsberg - Moving Pictures - find and use
With the progressive digitization in the media area we must attune to a time in which no more tape recorder and no film role are used any more. Already today the available and archived contents can be interpreted in the media use only actually and in relevant dimensions if they are available in digital form.

The project "CINEARCHIV digital" initiated by the nonprofit "Medien Bildungsgesellschaft Babelsberg" develops solutions for the optimum digitization and comprehensive development of audio-visual material to make it to a wide user's group accessible.
Besides, it is a matter, on the one hand, of preserving valuable cultural heritage. On the other hand are films and audio-visual medai economic goods which must be also evaluated furthermore and be utilised.

More information you will find here.
written by: Dagmar Otto (2009-02-20)
 
Symposium Bregenz HD-Archives
17./ 18. March 2009
Archives are the memories of our culture. Therefore, the preservation and the curation should particularly be noticed and promoted.
The subject HD archives is especially current, because here above all the long time archiving is not cleared yet.
Other important topics are the recording, the production archives and above all the cascading and intermediate storage during the post production.
The organizational implications like metadata which are not loved yet by all, but archival essential, come also up like distributed archives.
Another subject is of course the archiving of films.
The symposium in Bregenz in 2009 will take up all these subjects in wide form and try to give obliging answers.

More Information you will find here.
written by: Dagmar Otto (2009-02-20)
 
Major European research project for the longterm preservation of digital artefacts starts
KEEP (Keeping Emulation Environments Portable) starts at February 2009 and is one of the biggest European research efforts in the field of digital preservation. The project, which is funded by the European Commission with 3,15 Mio. Euro, aims to design and implement a virtual preservation layer for emulators to enable the longterm preservation of digital artefacts sytematically and sustainably. For the first time established memorial institutions like the three national libraries of France, Germany and Holland meet with institutions, which are based on the computer game culture, in a common major research project. "Aim of the project is to utilize the preservation tools, which are mainly created in the gamer community, for a broader range of users and purposes," says Andreas Lange, director of the Computer Game Museum in Berlin. "We are very happy to be an integral partner of the project contributing our collections and our know how, which we gained in the last twelve years," he adds. The duration of KEEP is three years.
Further details and information about the other partners can be found here.
written by: Karsten Huth (2009-02-05)
 
"Understanding PREMIS", an introduction in the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation
"Understanding PREMIS", written by Priscilla Caplan, is a "gentle" introduction to the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, giving an overview of its scope and goals. It does not give enough information for implementation, but will make the larger document, i.e. the PREMIS Data Dictionary, more familiar.

"Understanding PREMIS" is now available from the PREMIS Maintenance Activity website. Download it here
The full PREMIS Data Dictionary is available here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2009-02-04)
 
New nestor-study released
The recent release of the nestor-study "Standards and standardization in the context of Grid/eScience and long-term preservation" "Standards und Standardisierung im Kontext von Grid/eScience und Langzeitarchivierung" by Prof. Dr. Uwe M. Borghoff and Peter Rödig (UniversitĂ€t der Bundeswehr MĂŒnchen) provided by the nestor AG Grid/eScience displays another remarkable study on the interaction of Grid-Technology/eScience and long-term preservation in memory organisations.
Extreme distribution and virtualization of computing capacity and storage capacity as well as the associated applications are a new challenge for traditional memory organisations.
Therefore, the study examines how the use of Grid-technologies affects present standards. In addition, it is indicated in which area problems can arise by using the present standards and where other action need is recognizable. Download the study here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2009-02-03)
 
Second, revised version of nestor Criteria for Trusted Digital Repositories published
The nestor working group "Trusted Repositories/Certification" has released the second, revised version of its "Catalogue of Criteria for Trusted Digital Repositories". Contributions of affected and interested institutions have been integrated in the new version. The present version also regards the ongoing international activities, in particular of the Center for Research Libraries, the Digital Curation Centre and the EU project Digital Preservation Europe. The Catalogue of Criteria (in german) can be downloaded here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-11-21)
 
Guidelines for ingest published by nestor-working group for standardisation
The nestor working group "Standards for Metadata, Transfer of Objekts to digital long-term Archives" has developed a guideline for the information tranfers between producers and digital archives. It is addressed to institutions that want to transfer digital objects into a digital archive as well as to digital archives that are looking for support when establishing structured ingest processes. The guideline was first presented to a public audience at the federal archives in Koblenz, Germany. It is now open for comments. You can find the guidelines (in German language) here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-11-19)
 
40 years of games-culture: Roundtable about transience of "Computer-games" as a cultural assett.
On Friday, 7th of November closed the two day ITEC08 at Darmstadt. This high-leveled IKT-conference - which was organized by the State of Hessen together with the European Commission - reached approx. 60 auditors establishing the first round table ever on the question "How can computer-games be preserved for posterity?"
Meanwhile the exposition "replayed" was shown, which was jointly assembled by nestor - Network of Expertise in Long-Term Preservation and the Deutsches Computerspielemuseum (German Museum of Computer-games). "Replayed" illustrated methods of preservation of old-time computer-games.
On the website of the Computerspielemuseum you will find a documentary on the exposition.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-11-19)
 
2nd nestor Media's Working Group Workshop: Preserving Photographs - aspects of long-term safeguarding of information
Aim of the workshop is the transfer of Best Practice for long-term preservation of photographic picture information, beginning with portfolio evaluation, defined collection profiles and selection criteria, conservational requirements and possibilities up to the basic subjects Digitization, Long term archiving and Long term availability of digitized photographs. Special focus lies on the mass suitability of the procedures.

Further Information you will find here
written by: Dagmar Otto (2008-10-28)
 
"You cannot rely on the web!" scientist of the WWW Consortium (W3C) speaks at the Fachhochschule Potsdam
The WWW Consortium (W3C), the central committee for the development of the Web, is particularly involved with the questions concerning co-operation of news services in the net. In addition, the problem of the durability of offers and services e.g. in the Web2.0 comes increasingly into the field of vision of the Web-Think-tank.
The faculty could win one of the prominent experts of the Web technology from Japan to give a lecture on this exciting topic: Dr. Felix Sasaki, developer of the WWW at the W3C, will hold on 30th of October in the series "Information-sciences against Memory loss" at the Information-sciences-Faculty a lecture on "The Durability of Web resources - services, data heterogeneity and identifiableness".

Further information you will find here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-10-17)
 
iPres 2008 in London closed
Last Wednesday, the iPres 2008, one of the major international Digital Preservation conferences, closed its doors in London.
The iPres (International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects) is held yearly since 2004. Previously, iPres has been held by the National Library of Science, Beijing; Cornell University, New York; and the State and University Library, Goettingen, Germany. The theme for iPres 2008 was “Joined Up and Working: tools and methods for digital preservation”.

Over 250 experts, practioners and decision makers from 33 countries assembled at the British Library, St Pancras, on 29-30 September, to dicuss all aspects of digital preservation from research to strategy, applications to implementation, regional and international activity.
The conference program is documented on the conference homepage.
An elaborate report from Chris Rusbridge’s (Digital Curation Coalition Director) point of view can be found on the Digital Curation Blog.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-10-08)
 
RAW data can be compressed without visible quality loss by the factor 1:4
Users of digital cameras, x-ray units etc. face the problem of different manufacturer-immanent and coded RAW formats, which occupy much space. For their decoding, the manufacturers must provide own programs or software developer codes, which are on one hand compatible to current computer operating systems and on the other hand inversely compatible to RAW data of older camera models.
The German Institut for standards, DIN/working comitee NA 049-00-04 "Standing picture technology" works in co-operation with the international umbrella organization of the ISO in a small committee on very concrete proposals for an open raw data format (RAW) for digital pictures. At the cooperating Fachhochschule Cologne, one considers, how the expansive RAW data can be compressed better, so that its user acceptance can be increased. FreeLens, the largest association of freelance photographers, supports the FH-Cologne with this project.
Gregor Fischer and Dietmar Kunz do research on how RAW data from digital cameras can be reduced with the help of a JPEG compression, without visible loss of image quality. To accomplish this they use a 12-Bit-Baseline-JPEG-Kompression as basis and develop general compression models for RAW data. In the result the RAW data with the JPEG algorithm can be compressed approximately by the factor 1:4, without negative effects on the image quality: Details and sharpness remain, without increase of image noise. Their study "A Survey on Lossy Compression of DSC Raw Dara" was presented amongst others at the Electronic Imaging Conference in San José/USA 2008 and at the Cologne Spectrum-conference.
Following the fair Photokina (23. - 28,9. 2008) the next meeting of the appropriate ISO commission ISO TC42WG18 will take place in Cologne.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-09-22)
 
nestor Workshop for Archivists on November, 18th at the Bundesarchiv in Koblenz
The Bundesarchiv hosts a workshop for archivists interested in the long term preservation of electronic records at the 18th of November 2008. The focus of the seminar is on the file format PDF/A and it's usability in digital archives. The language of the seminar is german. You can find the explicit (german) description of the workshop and the terms of registration here.
written by: Karsten Huth (2008-09-15)
 
InterPARES 2 Project e-book now available online
An electronic version of the comprehensive InterPARES 2 Project book is just published at the project web site.
The International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES) aims at developing the knowledge essential to the long-term preservation of authentic records created and/or maintained in digital form and providing the basis for standards, policies, strategies and plans of action capable of ensuring the longevity of such material and the ability of its users to trust its authenticity.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2008-09-11)
 
PDF/A Competence Center organizes a Power-Workshop on "PDF/A format use in libraries"
On Oct 2nd 2008 the PDF/A Competence Center at the Berlin State Library will hold a Power-Workshop on "PDF/A use in Libraries". PDF/A is the format standardized by DIN ISO standard for digital long-term preservation. The workshop offers profound information on PDF/A and lots of opportunities for dicussion and exchange of experiences with the other participants from various libraries.
Further information you will find here. Register here. (in german)
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-09-05)
 
2nd international Digital Preservation Challenge deadline extended
to 31 July 2008
As the original deadline for the Second Digital Preservation Challenge coincides with the exam period for many students across Europe DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) has decided to extend the deadline for the DPE challenge until 31 July 2008. Due to the challenging nature of this competition it was deemed appropriate to allow students the opportunity to focus on their entries over the summer months when they would not have exams to prepare for.

The Digital Preservation Challenge invites participants to overcome the barriers hindering access to five digital objects. Each set of objects is accompanied by a scenario based on a real-life digital preservation situation. There are no wrong solutions, only interesting ones, we want to hear your ideas!

Important dates: Opening of the Challenge: 15 January 2008 Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2008 at 4pm GMT, Announcement of winners: ECDL 17 September 2008, Aarhus, Denmark
Awards: First Prize 3000 Euros - Second Prize 1500 Euros - Third Prize 500 Euros

- To learn more about and to take part in the Digital Preservation Challenge, please look here.
- Questions or comments should be sent to challenge@digitalpreservationeurope.eu
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-07-21)
 
Preliminary programme of iPRES 2008 was released
The Fifth International Conference on the Preservation of Digital Objects (iPres 2008) will be held by the British Library at its Conference Centre in London on 29-30 September 2008. You can now view the preliminary programme here.
This years’ conference will bring together almost eighty expert international speakers and facilitators and 200 delegates to explore the latest research, thinking and developments, national and international initiatives, empirical evidence and technology in preservation of digital objects.
Further information on iPRES you will find here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-07-16)
 
DGPh-Lecture forum "Preserving digitally, preserving on film?" ("Digital speichern - filmbasiert archivieren?") at the photokina 2008, Cologne
The section science and technology of the German Society for Photography (DGPh) organizes together with the Cologne fair and Prophoto GmbH at the photokina 2008 a lecture forum “Preserve digitally, preserve on film” which reflects the possibilities and limits of either film-based or digital preservation.
The important problem of long-term preservation of digital images remains so far to a large extent unresolved: If the data of valuable digitally shot pictures is not regularly backed up on the next technological level - keyword „data migration “- important photographs can be lost. Films however – depending on appropriate processing and keeping - are steady over long periods.
The lecture forum takes place in the afternoon of 25th September and in the morning of 26th September in the crystal hall “Kristallsaal” of the Congress Centrum East at the Cologne fair.
The lectures are held by experts from different enterprises and institutions, followed by a final panel discussion, which tries to clarify, which problems film-based preservation can solve.
No participation fee. Informal registration appreciated: Deutsche Gesellschaft fĂŒr Photographie, GeschĂ€ftsstelle, Rheingasse 8-12, 50676 Köln, Tel. 0221/9232069, Fax 0221/9232070, E-mail: dgph@dgph.de, Internet www.dgph.de.
The programme of „Digital speichern – filmbasiert archivieren?“ you will find here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-06-26)
 
Forum Long-term preservation: Current developments and practical application
Under topic no. 9 "Cultural heritage" several nestor partners and speakers will speak about the current situation of long-term archiving on 5th of June 2008 at the 97th German Librarian day in Mannheim for. Several Best practise reports will give a glance at already begun long-term preservation activities at this forum, which is organized by nestor-Network of Expertise. Visitor of the German Librarian Day are welcome to participate at this event Thursday 9 to 12 and 13:30 to 15:30. Further information you will find here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-06-03)
 
Web Curators Mailing List established by the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)
The International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) has established a mailing list for web curators and other practitioners interested in sharing information and experiences about web harvesting issues and associated quality review and archival issues.
The mailing list will focus on curator tools for harvesting web material, using web archives, working with archived material, and accessing harvested material.

Topics of interest could include:
- Harvesting tools and workflows, including NetarchiveSuite, PANDAS, the Web Curator Tool, the Web Archiving Service, Archive-It and others;
- How to harvest and review blogs and Wikis, particularly the major platforms;
- How to harvest and review YouTube and other video content;
- Problems with specific web sites or web pages;
- Problems with particular file formats; and
- Guidance on whether to accept or reject a particular harvest.

The IIPC hopes that contributors will provide practical advice and solutions that apply to a wide range of tools and situations.
The list is sponsored by the International Internet Preservation Consortium moderated by IIPC members and is a private list open to anyone who has an interest in web harvesting issues. All interested parties are invited to subscribe and encouraged to participate.
To subscribe, send an email to webmaster@netpreserve.org with your name and email address.
Further information you will find here
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-05-28)
 
Training to graduate as Expert in Perservation of New Media at Stuttgart
Since 2006, the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design offers a graduate program (Master of Arts) in "Conservation of New Media and Digital Information". Once more, application is open to professionals with a university degree, who are interested in the possibilities of long term preservation of analogue and digital photographs, video recordings and digital archival cultural heritage.
The course qualifies for a broad operational area in museums, archies, and libraries. The application deadline for the winter semester 2008/9 is June 15, 2008. For detailed information, see www.mediaconservation.abk-stuttgart.de
For those interested who don't want to apply for full time studies right away, there is a guest auditor program: Almost all classes can be attended as guest auditors. Earned credits can be applied to full time studies later on.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-05-16)
 
nestor/DPE Summer School 2008 - fully booked!
Under the headline "Introduction, Technologies and Strategies for Digital Preservation" the nestor project will hold a nestor Summer School 2008 in Staufen (south of the Black Forest). The event is generously sponsored by the Digital Preservation Europe (DPE) project.
The Summer School of five days' duration is intended as an introduction in several practical preservation systems as well for students as well for practitioner.
It will be held in German language.
You can find more information here.
written by: Daniel Metje (2008-04-22)
 
17th Issue of 'What's new in digital preservation'
The current Issue No. 17 (September 2007 - February 2008) of the newsletter 'What's new in digital preservation' has just been published by PADI and the DPC.
You can reach the current issue here.
written by: Daniel Metje (2008-04-07)
 
nestor Workshop for archists is allmost booked up
You can find the explicit (german) description of the workshop and the terms of registration here.
written by: Karsten Huth (2008-04-01)
 
Digital Preservation Challenge
DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) has just announced its second international Digital Preservation Challenge.
The challenge invites participants to overcome the barriers hindering access to five digital objects.
The Digital Preservation Challenge is open to individuals from any country or discipline.
You may find the rules here and further information here.
written by: Daniel Metje (2008-03-10)
 
nestor Workshop for Archivists on April, 10th at the Bundesarchiv in Koblenz
The Bundesarchiv hosts a workshop for archivists interested in the long term preservation of electronic records at the 10th of April 2008. The focus of the seminar is on metadata standards for preservation issues. The language of the seminar is german. You can find the explicit (german) description of the workshop and the terms of registration here
written by: Karsten Huth (2008-03-04)
 
Call for Papers - E-Government and Digital Archives
The Hessische Staatsarchive are preparing a workshop on E-Government and Digital Archives. The Call for Papers runs till April 28th.
You will find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2008-02-27)
 
Start of intended standardization processes at the Normenausschuss Bibliotheks- und Dokumentationswesen (NABD)
Long-term preservation of digital objects increases with the rapid growth of electronic publications and with the daily use of IT-supported information and editorship systems: It comes to be an uprising section, that meanwhile touches numerous fields of work. The results of the competence network nestor and the activities in the background the INS-project showed the need for standardization in the field of the long-term preservation and described concrete steps to action. The Normenausschuss Bibliotheks- und Dokumentationswesen (NABD) is concerned about the related subjects with an own work-team and invites the experts to get involved in the planned standardization work.
Regarding other international activities, yet today it is recognizable that further development will come into the international standardization groups. Here should emerge in time a capable national group, that coordinates and bundles the contents.
The initial session of the new Working Committee on Long-Term Preservation will take place on the 11th March 2008 at Walldorf.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-02-22)
 
New UK National Nuclear Archive announced
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has announced that it will invest £8 million in plans to create the UK’s National Nuclear Archive (NNA) in Caithness, Scotland.
The NNA will potentially hold between 20 and 30 million digital, paper and photographic records primarily concerning the history, development and decommissioning of the UK’s civil nuclear industry since the 1940s. The money will be invested over three years and will help get the £20 million project off the ground.
The digital preservation issues involved in the NNA, are described by Simon Tucker (Information Manager at NDA) in November 2006.
You can find further information here.


written by: Stefan Strathmann (2008-02-14)
 
Preserving the future - cutting edge digital preservation techniques showcased at CeBIT
On 4-9 March 2008 the latest digital preservation research and technology developments and their relevance to the industry will be showcased at the stand ‘We preserve – European Digital Preservation Initiatives’.
Prototype software tools which can help organisations address core digital preservation challenges will be demonstrated by the partners DPE, PLANETS, CASPAR and nestor.
DPE, Planets and CASPAR are strategic projects co-funded by the European Union under its Sixth Framework Programme. nestor, the German network of expertise in long-term digital preservation, is a cooperative project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, see program
written by: Philipp Höhler (2008-02-12)
 
Replayed - preservation of digital artefacts at the example of computer games
nestor - the expertise in digital long-term preservation in Germany - invites to a workshop.
In this workshop it is illustrated at a concrete example which possibilities of preservation and accessability of digital cultural assets there are and why and for whom they should be received. Complex digital artefacts are taken in the look which cannot be converted just like that from one a format into another. One of the most popular and oldest cultural assets of this kind are computer games. For they are produced and used massively for over three decades, a global Community whose purpose is the preservation of the programs has set up for about ten years. The biggest difficulty are the quickly changing computer platforms and operating systems which are already obsolete after a short time and are available only a restricted period. Even if computer games stand in the centre of the workshop, the results can be transferred on other areas like (media) Art, because the technical problems are identical.
You can find further information here.
written by: Dagmar Otto (2008-02-06)
 
NISO forum on "Digital Preservation: Planning Today for Tomorrow's Resources", on March 14
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) will host a forum on "Digital Preservation: Planning Today for Tomorrow's Resources", to be held March 14, 2008 in Washington, DC.

With the increasing number of digital objects - both those born digital and those that have been converted - the need to focus on how these digital objects themselves will be preserved is paramount. Good business practices require attention to interoperability with various systems and platforms, a focus on accessibility, and use of and attention to formats that will be allow for extensibility and flexibility. By creating well-formed content at the outset and paying attention to digital preservation issues as part of the collection management plan, we can better ensure the longevity of these collections.
NISO's Digital Preservation forum will provide insight and allow for further discussion of these issues.

More information can be fount at the event webpage: NISO
written by: Mathias Jehn (2008-02-01)
 
Bid Invitation for an Ingest-Application for the Stadtarchiv Stuttgart
nestor would like to point out to any interested parties that Stuttgart, the capital of the state of Baden-WĂŒrttemberg, invites tenders for long-term preservation software. Under the chiffre 2008/013/gĂŒt/ö, interested providers are invited to bid for the contract to supply the town archive of Stuttgart with an ingest application with an integrated repository. For more information, please visit here.
written by: Mathias Jehn (2008-01-28)
 
Announcement of Ingest-Workshop
The ingest of digital objects into a digital repository is a critical process, comprising several critical production steps. The long-term preservation of digital information can only be successful if the ingest process is carried out in a controlled way so that the digital objects can reach the repository technically intact and in the designated formats. The reference model for an Open Archive Information System (ISO 14721) refers to this process with the term „Ingest“.

For one year, the nestor working group „Standards for metadata, ingest and object access“ has been concentrating on standardising such an ingest process based on ISO 14721 (OAIS) and ISO 20652 „Producer-Archive Interface Methodology Abstract Standard“ (PAIMAS). The objective is to publish the framework „Paths into the repository: Guidelines for the ingest of digital information into the archive“. The framework shall help archives as well as libraries to establish structured ingest-processes.

The first draft of the framework shall be published in March 2008. In this context, the WG Standards invites experts from archives, libraries, museums, and private enterprises to a workshop to publicly discuss the draft. The event will presumably take place in the Bundesarchiv in Koblenz.
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-12-17)
 
The nestor team grieves for Hans Liegmann (1953-2007)
nestor grieves for Hans Liegmann, who, absolutely unforeseen, was killed in an accident during a vacation trip in the age of 54. As former nestor project coordinator and German National Library colleague of many years, he dedicated himself with high personal commitment to the topic of long-term preservation with his full attention, which caused his nickname in the community: "Mr. long-term preservation".

In the summer of 2006, Hans Liegmann decided to take a sabbatical year and to devote himself to other subject matters for a while. Few weeks before he had planned to resume his work in the German National Library, he died during a journey. The loss of his personality presses down on all of those, who knew him. His decent character gained him many friends all over the world. He kept nestor going with high claims to himself and a lot of expertise.

Obsequies and burial will take place on Tuesday, 18 December 2007, 11:00 am, on the Hauptfriedhof in Frankfurt am Main.
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-12-07)
 
nestor Seminar for archives is booked up
The nestor Seminary "Metadata from ERMS - Understanding, Appraisal and Utility" has reached the maximum of forty participants.
written by: Karsten Huth (2007-11-20)
 
Conference Proceedings "Archivierung von Unterlagen aus digitalen Systemen" published
Administration departements, citizens and associations increasingly produce digital text documents and photos, data bases and homepages, movies and digital audio. This poses new challenges to Archives as society's memories. Professionals in digital long-term preservation account in the proceedings "Archivierung von Unterlagen aus digitalen Systemen" ("Archiving of digital records") their experiences with the acquisition of digital data. It concerns the problem of long-term preservation, but also the question, which materials shall be selected to be preserved for future generations.
The volume collect articles, which werde being presented at the 11th conference of the research group "Archiving of digital records" on 20th-21th March 2007 at the Stadtarchiv Stuttgart. The volume can be purchased for 9,80 Euro in any book stores. Bibliographic references and single articles are available on the Homepage of the Stadtarchiv
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-11-16)
 
Report on the future of digital preservation of scholarly records published
In commission of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, RAND Europe compiled the technical report "Addressing the uncertain future of preserving the past. Towards a robust strategy for digital archiving and preservation."
For the Koninklijke Bibliothek, the nonprofit research organisation RAND Europe examined key determinants of the sustainable digital preservation of scholarly records, with specific reference to developing a robust approach to the archiving of such records. The purpose of the document is to analyse the Koninklijke Bibliotheek’s e-Depot strategy in the context of wider developments in the archiving and publishing environment, develop scenarios for future framework conditions and highlight a range of strategic options for the Koninklijke Bibliotheek.
The report can be downloaded HERE
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-11-08)
 
PRONOM and DROID - new versions released
The National Archives (UK) announces the release of major new versions of its PRONOM technical registry and DROID automatic file format identification tool. These have been developed for of a fully automated active preservation service to characterise digital objects, produce preservation plans, and execute preservation actions.
The National Archives (UK) were just honored with the Digital Preservation Award for its work on this tools.

written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-11-08)
 
Canadian Digital Information Strategy released for public comment
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) currently published a draft version of the Canadian Digital Information Strategy for public comment. In 2005, LAC initiated a dialogue reflecting the range of interests in the digital field, with the goal of framing a Canadian Digital Information Strategy (CDIS). LAC consulted with over 200 stakeholder organizations from a variety of sectors: publishing and media producers, academics, provincial and federal officials, and memory institutions. The consultations culminated in a National Summit in 2006 where a broad consensus on the elements of a national strategy emerged, leading to the development of the Canadian Digital Information Strategy.

The Canadian Digital Information Strategy is now available in draft form for comment by any interested person or organization:
here. Comments are due by Nov 23, 2007.

A chapter is devoted to digital preservation issues and sets a series of national objectives (Challenge 2 - Ensuring preservation):

2.1 Conduct a national appraisal of digital information priorities for long-term retention and preservation, and accelerate capture accordingly.

2.2 Develop a distributed network of Trusted Digital Repositories (TDRs) with responsibility to capture, manage, preserve and provide access to Canada's digital information assets

2.3 Foster Canadian R&D that advances the goals of better managing, sustaining and providing access to digital information, and contribute research outcomes to the global effort.

2.4 Develop new workplace skills capacity for digital information management and preservation.

2.5 Raise the public and political profile of digital preservation issues.

More information on the background of the studie can be found here.
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-11-07)
 
nestor Winter School 2007
Under the headline "Practical Approaches to Digital Preservation" the nestor project will hold a nestor Winter School 2007 in Gernrode (Harz-Region). The event is generously sponsored by the Digital Preservation Europe (DPE) project and supported by the DELOS network of Excellence
The winter school of five days' duration is intended as an introduction in several practical preservation systems as well for students as well for practitioner.
It will be held in German language.
You can find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-11-06)
 
DCC/DPE Forum: Developing an International Framework for Audit and Certification 29 November 2007, Humboldt-University Berlin
The organizers of the DCC/DPE/DRIVER/Nestor Joint Workshop - Practices and Challenges in Preservation and Access for Scientific and Scholarly Digital Repositories, which takes place on 27./28. November at the Humboldt university Berlin, have decided to complement the Workshop with a half-day Certification Forum taking place on the following day, 29 November.

Please note that a separate registration is necessary!

Program and registration-form you will find here
written by: Dagmar Otto (2007-11-01)
 
Presentations of the DPE, PLANETS, and CASPAR Second Annual Conference on 5.-6. September now online
The presentations for the DPE, PLANETS, and CASPAR Second Annual Conference "Progress Towards Addressing Digital Preservation Challenges" in Lisbon, Portugal on the 5th and 6th of September 2007 are now available. They can be downloaded from the collaborate Website.
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-10-26)
 
DCC/DPE/DRIVER/Nestor Joint Workshop
Practices and Challenges in Preservation and Access for Scientific and Scholarly Digital Repositories
The Digital Curation Centre (DCC), Digital Preservation Europe (DPE), Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research (DRIVER), and Network of Expertise in Long-Term Storage of Digital Resources (nestor) organise a workshop on the 27th/28th of November, 2007 at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Campus Adlershof. This workshop will highlight current practices and shall provide insights into current initiatives and technical systems being developed.
Further information (programme, registration and travel information) you will find here.
written by: Dagmar Otto (2007-10-17)
 
Presentation of the nestor Handbook on 25 October 2007 in the German Museum of Architecture, Frankfurt am Main
On Thursday, 25 October at 11:00h, the nestor Handbook "Little encyclopedia of digital long term preservation" will be presented to the public in the German Museum of Architecture (DAM).

The director of Frankfurt’s Cultural Office, Carolina Romahn, will introduces the recent activities of the culture department concerning digital long term preservation, of which all museums in Frankfurt shall benefit from.

The director of the DAM, Peter Cachola Schmal, presents what digital long term preservation means to museums’ practice. The so-called BMW-Bubble, a singular pavilion at the IAA 1999, was one of the first construction sites worldwide that was completely developed and realized digitally. It hat the figure of two waterdrop, frozen at the moment of their fusion. The figure of the waterdrop was generated with a special software and it constituted the planning criteria. Eight years after its development, measures have to be taken that the source of this singular benchmark of architecture does not become lost for ever.

Dr. Heike Neuroth, head of the Research & Development Department at the Goettingen State and University Library, presents the network of expertise, nestor, and the nestor Handbook. The nestor Handbook "Little encyclopedia of digital long term preservation", collects and presents the currently existing knowledge about the complex and multifaceted matter. In multiple articles, experts introduce the different technical and legal aspects of the topics reaching from basical questions to preservation strategies in different application areas. Nestor offers the Handbook for free download. It is a "living document", which means that its capacity is constantly being extended and updated.
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-10-12)
 
DRAMBORA - Tutorial on October 23th at the Bavarian State Library in Munich
DRAMBORA (Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment) was developed by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) in cooperation with DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE).
This toolkit is intended to facilitate internal audit by providing repository administrators with a means to assess their capabilities (see here).

The DRAMBORA - Tutorial provides an introduction to the method based on risk assessment as well as practical experience in using the toolkit.
More information on this event and the possibility to register can been found here.
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-10-11)
 
nestor Workshop for Archivists on November, 28th at the Bundesarchiv in Koblenz
The Bundesarchiv hosts a workshop for archivists interested in the appraisal of electronic records at the 28th of November 2007. The focus of the seminar is on metadata exchange formats between agencies and archives. The language of the seminar is german. You can find the explicit (german) description of the workshop and the terms of registration here.
written by: Karsten Huth (2007-10-10)
 
Dutch National Coalition for Digital Preservation (NCDD)
The Dutch National Library (the KB) announced during the summer of 2007 the launch of the Dutch National Coalition for Digital Preservation (Nationale Coalitie Digitale Duurzaamheid), a collaborative venture between the KB, the National Archives, DANS, and a number of other Dutch public organisations. The Coalition aims to ensure that, within five years, the Netherlands has a stable organisational and technical infrastructure to support the long term preservation and accessibility of digital information. The Bureau of the NCDD is located at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek.

The coalition is launched in the understanding that the approach to the issue of digital preservation in the Netherlands would benefit enormously from a more intensive, nationally coordinated collaboration. The coalition will focus on the distribution of knowledge concerning digital preservation, aimed at the permanent access of the records of science and digital objects from the heritage sector in the Netherlands, both in the form of raw data and in the form of published research findings. Collaboration on a national scale will then focus not only on the science and heritage sectors, but also on industry, and research institutes in the field of it. At the same time, the NCDD can ensure the profiling of the Netherlands as a centre of expertise in the field of digital preservation, and stimulate international collaboration in this field.

Partner:
Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands)
DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services)
KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)
SURF (collaborative organisation for higher education institutions and research institutes aimed at breakthrough innovations in ICT)
CBS (Statistic Agency of the Netherlands)
Beeld en Geluid (Netherlands Institute for Image and Sound)
Nationaal Archief (National Archive)
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-10-09)
 
"Memory of the World" - UNESCO recently publishes a whitepaper on Open Source Digital Archival and Preservation System
'Towards an Open Source Repository and Preservation System: Recommendations on the Implementation of an Open Source Digital Archival and Preservation System and on Related Software Development', Kevin Bradley, Junran Lei, and Chris Blackall. Paris: UNESCO, 2007.
This Document defines the requirements for a digital archival and preservation system using standard hardware and describes a set of open source software which can be used to implement it. This report defines the requirements for a digital archival and preservation system using standard hardware and describes a set of open source software which could used to implement it. There are two aspects of this report that distinguish it from other approaches. One is the complete or holistic approach to digital preservation. The report recognises that a functioning preservation system must consider all aspects of a digital repositories; Ingest, Access, Administration, Data Management, Preservation Planning and Archival Storage, including storage media and management software. Secondly, the report argues that, for simple digital objects, the solution to digital preservation is relatively well understood, and that what is needed are affordable tools, technology and training in using those systems.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2007-10-04)
 
Call for nominations - George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award
The Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has just announced the call for nominations for the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award.
The award, sponsored by the Library Binding Institute, acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals.
You will find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-10-01)
 
Release of digital preservation tool Xena 4.0
The National Archives of Australia have just released version 4.0 of the digital preservation software Xena. It is a free and open source tool for digital preservation. Xena is designed to:

* Determine file formats
* Convert files into standards based, open formats for preservation

You will find further information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-09-26)
 
16th Issue of 'What's new in digital preservation'
The current Issue No. 16 (April - August 2007) of the newsletter 'What's new in digital preservation' has just been published by PADI and the DPC.
You can reach the current issue here and here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-09-24)
 
Summer 2007 issue of RecordKeeping magazine published
The National Archives, UK has just published a recent issue of the RecordKeeping magazine.
Some articles are dealing with aspects of digital preservation; e.g. an introtuction in the cooperation of the National Archives with Microsoft, which was anounced in July.
You will find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-08-29)
 
ARIADNE issue 52 published
The recently published issue 52 of the online journal ARIADNE offers some articles about digital preservation.
Jackson Pope and Philip Beresford are reporting about the experiences of the British Library with the Web Curator Tool. You will find the recent issue here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-08-27)
 
Dioscuri version 0.1.0 is out for download.
The Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands offers the newest version of Dioscuri for download: http://dioscuri.sourceforge.net/. Dioscuri is an x86 computer hardware emulator written in Java and licensed under GNU GPL (Version 2).
The Dioscuri emulator is durable and flexible. Because it is implemented in Java, it can be ported to any computer platform which supports the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), without any extra effort. This reduces the risk that emulation will fail to work on a single architecture in the future, as it will continue to work on another architecture.
Dioscuri is component-based. Each hardware component is emulated by a software surrogate called a module. Combining several modules allows the user to configure any computer system, as long as these modules are compatible. New or upgraded modules can be added to the software library, giving the emulator the capability to run these.
For more information here.
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-08-20)
 
2,15 millions Dollars for americas digital heritage
The Library of Congress welcomes eight new partners within the "National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program" (NDIIPP) and it's initiative "Preserving Creative America". The new members come from industry trade associations, private sector companies and nonprofits, as well as cultural heritage institutions. The new projects, awarded with a $ 2.15 million donation, will target on the preservation of americas creativ contents in digital form. This includes pictures, cartoons, motion pictures, sound recordings as well as video games. The standardization of formats and metadata will be in the focus of the new projects. You can read the press release of the Library of Congress here.
written by: (2007-08-07)
 
Homepage of the Alliance Permanent Access to the Records of Science (PARSE) online
Since the end of July, the homepage of the Alliance Permanent Access to the Records of Science (PARSE) has gone online at http://www.alliancepermanentaccess.eu . Here the Alliance informs about its activities, background, mission and goals. The site is still under construction.
The Alliance set up on the 1st of November 2004 at the international conference Permanent Access to the Records of Science during the period of the Netherlands presidency of the EU at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, national library of the Netherlands. After the conference some major stakehoders of the european science community joined forces to establish a sustainable infrastructure in Europe for the preservation of digital scientific information. The following organisations have joined the Alliance for Permanent Access: ESF, ESA, CERN, DPC, Max Planck Gesellschaft, CNES/ PIN , STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council), the British Library, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, DNB, JISC, STM Publishers, National Archives of Sweden, CINES (Centre Informatique National de l'Enseignement Superieur), DPE, nestor, Netherlands National Coalition for Digital Preservation.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2007-08-06)
 
Publishing of the new software koLibRi from the SUB and DNB
To the successful conclusion of the project kopal, the German National Library and SUB Göttingen have been presenting the official release of the kopal Library for Retrival and Ingest (koLibRI) (http://kopal.langzeitarchivierung.de/index_koLibRI.php.en). koLibRi Version 1.0 provides a completely functional and stable condition. The Open-Source-Software koLibRi is a framework to integrate a long term preservation system as the IBM Digital Information Archiving System (DIAS) into the infrastructure of any institution. In particular, koLibRi organizes the creation and the import of Archival Information Packages into DIAS, and offers functions to retrieve and to govern them. Preservation methods like data customization and migration of data are part of the tasks of long term preservation. koLibRi Version 1.0 provides modules that manage future migration procedures. In the context of connecting new partners to the existing long term preservation system, the software will be constantly adjusted to the needs of different partners.
A documentation has been published with the conclusive release that describes the installation and the adjustment of a functional koLibRi-system and the basic internal layout to make individual development possible. The described release is offered for free download. Earlier versions of koLibRi can be made available by request. Feedback concerning experiences with the software are encouraged to be reported to kolibri@kopal.langzeitarchivierung.de
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-08-02)
 
Open-Source Metadata Extraction Tool Published
The National Library of New Zealand has just published a open-source release of version 3.2 of its Metadata Extraction Tool.
The tool automatically extracts preservation-related metadata from several file formats (image, audio, office,...) and stores them as xml.
You can find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-07-17)
 
Open Source Release of NetarchiveSuite
The Det Kongelige Bibliotek (Copenhagen) and the Statsbiblioteket (Århus) have released the NetarchiveSuite as Open Source.
The NetarchiveSuite is a web archiving software package developed within the netarchive.dk project. Its function is to plan, schedule and run web harvests of parts of the internet and it is built around the Heritrix web crawler of the Internet Archive.
You can find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-07-05)
 
1000 Subscribers for the nestor Newsletter
nestor - Network of Expertise in Long-Term Storage of Digital Resources is pleased to announce, that its newsletter has just reached the number of 1000 subscribers.
The nestor newsletter is published every 3 to 4 month and reports about recent developments of the nestor project. Beside that’s it is open for other projects in digital preservation to introduce themselves or report about recent developments. It is published in German language and, with a short delay, in English language.
You will find the entry form for the nestor newsletter here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-06-25)
 
Second Newsletter of the National Digital Archive of Datasets
The second issue of the Newsletter of the British National Digital Archive of Datasets (NDAD) has been published recently.
This publication highlights the latest dataset releases and developments in the service. This issue is focussed on data - search and rescue - and a look at recent releases.
You can find the current release here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-06-20)
 
British Government takes care for electronic governmental records
The British Government has announced their plans for the long-term preservation of governmental Information. „Vital government information is becoming increasingly fragile and could be lost forever unless something is done to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change. A project, led by the National Archives will now search for options or setting up a shared service across government departments to take, migrate and preserve digital data on their behalf.“ You will find the full announcement here.
written by: (2007-06-15)
 
Kopal - Event on June 18, 2007 in Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Frankfurt am Main
"kopal goes live " is the title of a kopal event on June 18, 2007 in Frankfurt. The project partners give a review on the achieved results of kopal. Topics are: models of cooperation and sustainability, technical overview of kopal, a presentation of DIAS and the open Source Software koLibRI and some more.
The future of kopal is also presented. The invitation is for representatives of libraries, museums, data centers, in short: all participants interested in preservation of digital resources. Registration under info@kopal.langzeitarchivierung.de
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-06-06)
 
Short list announcement for the Digital Preservation Awards 2007
Today the shortlist for the recent Digital Preservation Award was published. This prestigious Award recognises achievement and encourages innovation in the new and challenging field of digital preservation.
Together with other international initiatives the nestor WG Trusted Repositories - Certification was nominated for its Catalog of criteria for trusted digital repositories.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-06-05)
 
Digital Preservation Challenge
DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) has just announced its first international Digital Preservation Challenge.
The challenge invites participants to overcome the barriers hindering access to six digital objects.
The first Digital Preservation Challenge is open to individuals from any country or discipline.
You may find the rules here and further information here.

written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-05-25)
 
Public release of DAITSS
The Florida Center for Library Automation has just announced that the DAITSS preservation repository application is available under the GPL license.
DAITSS was developed by FCLA for use in the Florida Digital Archive, a preservation repository for the libraries of the public universities of Florida. It implements the preservation strategies of normalization and forward migration for supported formats. Currently about 10 formats are supported including JFIF (JPEG), JEG2000, TIFF, WAVE, XML, Quicktime, AVI and PDF.
You can find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-05-15)
 
Conference-Papers Online: The Challenge: Long-Term Preservation - Strategies and Practices of European Partnerships
nestor - Network of Expertise in Long-Term Storage has published the slides of the Conference „The Challenge: Long-term Preservation. Strategies and Practice of European Partnerships” held during the German Presidency of the European Union from 20th to 21st April in Frankfurt. You find the papers here
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-05-11)
 
British Library und Microsoft announce E-Mail Archive
Microsoft has announced a collaboration with the British Library, to create an archive of British E-Mails.
The Email Britain collection of real-life emails will provide an important snapshot of British life over email – the good, the bad, the ugly and the amusing – to produce a unique social history catalogue of life and culture in Britain today which can be read and enjoyed by Library visitors for centuries to come.
To contribute to the Email Britain archive, emailers can submit E-Mails under one of the following categories: Blunders, Life Changing Emails, Complaints, Spam, Love and Romance, Humour, Everyday Emails, News, World Around You, Tales from Abroad.
You can find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-05-04)
 
nestor report of the standardisiation-Workshop is published
nestor - Network of Expertise in Long-Term Storage has published a report (in german) under the title "nestor DIN Workshop report" in the context of its standardisation activities. The report is the result of a workshop of the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek), the initiative “Innovation mit Normen und Standards (INS)” of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the German Institute for Standardisation (DIN) held on November 2 and 3, 2006 in Frankfurt/Main. The aim of the workshop was to find out the need of standardisation in different areas of digital long-term preservation and digitisation. You find the report here.
written by: Mathias Jehn (2007-05-03)
 
15th Issue of 'What's new in digital preservation'
The current Issue No. 15 (December 2006 - March 2007) of the newsletter 'What's new in digital preservation' has just been published by PADI and the DPC.
You can reach the current issue here and here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-05-02)
 
Final issue of RLG DigiNews now available
After ten years the bimonthly web-based newsletter RLG DigiNews has puplished the last issue in its current form. As RLG continues to shape its combination with OCLC and create a new Programs and Research division, a rethinking of the publication program take place. Expect to see it back no later than January, 2008.
The current issue features again some articles on digital preservation. So Nancy Y. McGovern reviews the last decade of digital preservation and some FAQs by Peter B. Hirtle examine open access and digital preservation.
You will find the recent issue here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-04-24)
 
DPE announces its Digital Preservation Exchange Programme (DPEX)
Digital Preservation Europe (DPE) has just announced its digital preservation exchange programme (DPEX).
The planned twenty-five DPE Exchanges will propagate knowledge, capacity and innovation as well as foster better cooperation among research institutions and industrial partners working on meeting pressing challenges in digital preservation. DPEX aims to encourage innovative practice through research collaboration and to build bridges between practitioners and researchers.
Exchanges should typically last for four weeks and the DPEX support of up to 3500 euros per exchange can be used to meet partially the costs of accommodation, subsistence, and travel.
The application process can be completed online. Full programme details (including terms and conditions) are available here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-04-17)
 
Joint events of METS and nestor
In May nestor is organising some joint events with Metadata Encoding und Transmission Standard (METS). The events take part in the periphery of a METS Editorial Board Meeting (May 4th).
The METS Opening Day (May 7.th) will provide an overview of the METS metadata schema, and discuss the basics of implementing METS. Case studies will be provided to give an overview of the broad range of possible applications.
The implementors' meeting targets participants who have a basic knowledge of METS and gives them the opportunity to discuss implementation details with experts and other METS users. Participants are encouraged to share their METS implementation by giving short talks.
Youz will find more Information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-03-29)
 
Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification (TRAC) Checklist is Published
The RLG-NARA Task Force on Digital Repository Certification has published the final version of its checklist for trustworthy digital archives.
This checklist is now called Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification Checklist (TRAC) and all related related digital repository audit and certification work is moving to the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-03-27)
 
New Beta Release of kopal Library for Retrieval and Ingest
The long-term archiving project kopal has just published a new release of its open source software koLibRI (kopal Library for Retrieval and Ingest). koLibRI represents a library of Java tools that have been developed for the interaction with the DIAS (Digital Information and Archiving System) system of IBM within the kopal project.
The software is implemented by the partners, the German National Library and the Goettingen State and University Library, in order to automate import (ingest) and retrieval (access) of digital objects. koLibRI has been designed with the intention to be re-usable as a whole or in parts within other contexts, too.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-03-27)
 
nestor Workshop on Grid Technology
During the German e-Science Conference 2007 (2.-4. May 2007, Baden-Baden) nestor will held a workshop on digital preservation and grid technology.
You will find further information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-03-26)
 
Draft plan for implementing digital recordkeeping
The Australasian Digital Recordkeeping Initiative (ADRI) Plenary endorsed the publication of a draft for comment of a 'Model Plan for an Archival Authority Implementing Digital Recordkeeping and Archiving'.
The plan addresses the building of capability to implement both digital recordkeeping standards and guidance across a government sector and to develop and implement a digital archives repository with associated business rules and tools.
This exposure draft is issued for public comment until 30 July 2007.
You can find the draft here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-03-22)
 
International Digital Preservation Systems Survey
The Getty Research Institute has arranged a international digital preservation systems survey. This survey is intended to provide an overview of digital preservation system (DPS) implementation. DPS is defined here as an assembly of computer hardware, software and policies equivalent to a TDR (trusted digital repository) “whose mission is to provide reliable, long-term access to managed digital resources to its designated community, now, and in the future”[RLG 2002].
Results will be shared at the DLF Spring Forums, April 23-25, 2007 (Pasadena, California, USA) , and with all respondents who provide contact information.
You can find the survey here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-03-22)
 
Digital Document Quarterly recent issue
The latest number of the Digital Document Quarterly is available. Beside others it has some articles on digital preservation:

- A Reader’s Comment on “Preserving Everything”
- Five New Books on Digital Preservation
- Database Preservation

You can find these issue here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-03-22)
 
New Digital Preservation Mailing List
The American Library Association (ALA) has just set up a new mailing list on digital preservation. The name of the list is Digital Preservation (like the british counterpart), its abbreviation is digipres and it can be adressed by digipres@ala.org.
You can subscribe yourself to the list and have a look at the list-a here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-03-20)
 
First Issue of Planets Project Newsletter
The EU project PLANETS has issued its firsts newsletter. It highlights the sub projects of the PLANETS project.
You can find the Newsletter here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-03-20)
 
Digital Repository Audit Toolkit released
The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) have announced the release of the Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) toolkit. This toolkit is intended to facilitate internal audit by providing repository administrators with a means to assess their capabilities, identify their weaknesses, and recognise their strengths.
The DCC announes additionaly some supporting tutorials.
You will find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-03-06)
 
nestor Workshop Focussing Archives on May, 4th at the Bundesarchiv in Koblenz
The Bundesarchiv hosts a workshop for archivists interested in digital preservation on the 4th of May 2007. The focus of the seminar is the ISO-Standard „Open Archive Information System“, a reference model for digital archives. The referents of the seminar are Mr. Dr. Keller-Marxer and Mr. BĂŒtikofer. You can find the explicit description of the workshop and the terms of registration here.
written by: (2007-02-28)
 
Web Curator Tool article in Ariadne
In the recent issue of the online journal Ariadne you can find an introduction of a new Web Curator Tool which aims to harvest websites for preservation purposes.
You can find the article here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-02-21)
 
EC awards EUR300,000 contract to develop MoReq2
Cornwell Management Consultants plc has been awarded a EUR 300,000 European Commission contract to define the next generation of the Model Requirements for Electronic Records Management specification, known as MoReq2. Since its release in 2000 the original MoReq, also developed by Cornwell, has gained widespread international recognition as the de facto standard for electronic records management (ERM) systems.

MoReq2 is destined to become the guiding principle used by ERM system suppliers and developers to provide required functionality, and by outsourced records management service providers to define their service offerings. The standard also promises to revolutionise ERM procurement, auditing and training schemes around the globe. MoReq2 will be used by a broad spectrum of public sector and commercial organisations when preparing requests for proposals, evaluating existing systems and preparing records management training materials. It will also provide a valuable teaching resource for academic institutions.
You cand find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-01-29)
 
nestor Spring School 2007 announced
nestor has just announced the nestor Spring School 2007. These event of several days' duration is intended as a introduction in digital preservation as well for students as well for practitioner. It will be held in German language.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-01-24)
 
Patent application for an "Immortal information storage and access platform" published
An application to patent an "Immortal information storage and access platform" is taken out by Microsoft at the US-Patent&Trademark-Office. The essence of the application is the "Immortal Information Component" comprising a power source, the persistent information and an interface for accessing the information. The Method of storage an coding of information is not clearly specified in the public application. As possible examples the ASCII code and further modern encryption technologies are mentioned. The stored information should be self-disclosing and persistent. The Immortal Information Component is part of a physical artifact, which represents an entity (e.g. a person or a building). The physical artifact should be placed in proximity of the physical artifact.
written by: (2007-01-24)
 
DPE online delphi survey
DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) is currently preparing a research roadmap and asks for participation in an online delphi survey to deliver a vision for digital preservation and curation.

The survey provides the opportunity to answer five questions about five important digital preservation and curation themes. Input will have a direct impact on the roadmap's recommendations. Find out more and participate in the survey here.
written by: Holger Brocks (2007-01-22)
 
Conference: „The Challenge: Long-term Preservation. Strategies and Practice of European Partnerships”
To coincide with the German EU Presidency, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, in conjunction with the partners of nestor - Network Expertise in Long-term Storage - are extending an invitation to experts and all interested parties in the European member states to come to the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Frankfurt to discuss current issues and assess the prospects for long-term digital preservation.
You can find further information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-01-16)
 
Service for privat archiving announced
The FAST LTA (Long Term Archiving), a part of FAST TV SERVER AG will offer services for long term digital storage. The first announced service is a archival sevice for privat digital pictures which will be preserved for 30 years.
You will find a German press release here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-01-12)
 
14th Issue of 'What's new in digital preservation'
The current Issue (No. 14, July - November 2006) of the newsletter 'What's new in digital preservation' has just been published by PADI and the DPC.
You can reach the current issue here and here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2007-01-11)
 
English version of the nestor catalogue of criteria for trusted digital repositories is available now
The nestor Working Group Trusted Repositiories – Certification has just published a english translation of its Kriterienkatalog fĂŒr vertrauenswĂŒrdige digitale Langzeitarchive.
The WG will continue its work during the second period of the nestor project from 2006 to 2009.
You can find the Catalogue of Criteria for Trusted Digital Repositories here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-12-20)
 
December 2006 issue of D-Lib Magazine is available
The recent issue of the "D-Lib Magazine" (Vol. 12, No.12, December 2006) contains some articles dealing with digital preservation. One article describes is entiteld "Using the Audit Checklist for the Certification of a Trusted Digital Repository as a Framework for Evaluating Repository Software Applications".
The issue is completed by a report from iPRES 2006.
You can find the issue here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-12-19)
 
German Translation of EAD-Tag-Library Published
A German translation of the EAD-Tag-Library for EAD-Version 2.0 is now available. The document defines 145 elements and more than 50 attributes of the XML-based standard for archival descriptions. The elements and attributes are additionally explained by examples. The EAD-Tag-Library is a central document to foster the utilisation of EAD in German archives. It is a supplement to the earlier published EAD-User-Guide - referencing the EAD-Version 1.0 of 1998 - and the EAD-DTD. The translation of the EAD-Tag-Library is part of project daofind, hosted at the German Federal Archives. Read the German translation of the EAD-Tag-Library here.
written by: (2006-12-06)
 
October Issue of RLG DigiNews online
The newest issue of RLG DigiNews is published. It contains an article by Kevin Glick, Eliot Wilczek and Robert Dockins about "Fedora and the Preservation of University Records Project" an a second article by Richard Entlich and Ellie Buckley with the title "Digging Up Bits of the Past: Hands-on With Obsolescence". Furthermore Brian Franklin introduces some tools for managing formats.
You can find the whole issue here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-11-16)
 
2007 Digital Preservation Award - call for entries
The Digital Preservation Coalition has just announced the call for entries for the third Digital Preservation Award.
The award will be presented at the British Museum on the 27th of September 2007.
"To be eligible for the Digital Preservation Award, a project must demonstrate leadership and advancement in digital preservation which will benefit the UK. It must focus on preserving digital materials (whether "born digital" or digitised copies), rather than on the use of digitisation as a preservation reformatting tool. Only projects that have been completed by 31 March 2007 will be considered for the Award."
You can find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-11-08)
 
Web Curator Tool released
The National Library of New Zealand and The British Library have recently announced the release of the Web Curator Tool. The tool is designed for managing selective web harvesting processes. It is intended for use by non-technical users who need to capture web material for archival purposes.
The tool, its manuals and further materials are available here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-11-01)
 
New Web Archiving Project at the BnF
The French national library (BibliothĂšque nationale de France, BnF) has just announced a new web archiving project. The project will collect and archive from October 2006 to July 2007 websites about the presidential elections in France.
You can find more Information here.

written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-10-30)
 
European conference on "Cultural Heritage on line - The challenge of accessibility and preservation" in Florence
From 14th to 16th December 2006 a conference will take place in Florence. This Conference analyses how, in the domain of cultural heritage, Information and Communication Technologies transform the architectures of knowledge, impose new organisational requirements as well as juridical and educational responsibilities. In this rapidly evolving scenario, emerging topics are knowledge management, digital preservation, access strategies and methodologies." Further information on the conference you will find here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2006-10-26)
 
EU Commission study addresses Europe’s scientific publication system
A study published by the EU Commission in January addressed Europe’s scientific publication system. A public consultation on this study was held in the summer. Now the responses to this consultation and a summary are published. As well the study itself as well the responses are dealing with digital preservation issues. The discussion will be continued at a conference hosted by the European Commission to be held on 15-16 February 2007 in Brussels.
You can find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-10-26)
 
nestor - Network of Expertise funded for another three years
The Bundesministerium fĂŒr Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) [German Federal Ministry for education and research] will support the project nestor in the next three years during the period of September 2006 until August 2009 with a monetary amount of approx. EUR 1,500,000. nestor as subsequent project now follows the first project phase of June 2003 to June 2006.
Future nestor activity will put additional emphasis on scientific and medical co-operation as well as on technological approaches like e-science and grid computing - in order to bring them together with the aims of long-term preservation of digital documents. Apart from that nestor will prepare concepts for a durable form of organisation, which plans to coordinate and represent effectively the interests of long-term preservation of digital resources in Germany after the end of the second project phase in August 2009.
Further information about existing and coming tasks of the nestor network of expertise you will find here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2006-10-20)
 
PLANETS Testbed Questionnaire
The EU co-funded PLANETS project and in particular its testbed subproject aims to develop a effective environment for experimentation in digital preservation. The project wishes to understand the kinds of uses that the research and practitioner community might make of the PLANETS Testbed so that it can ensured that these uses are reflected in its design and implementation. A brief questionnaire shall help to identify the user needs.
It is intended that the PLANETS Testbed will be available for use by the preservation community by the Autumn of 2007.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-10-19)
 
English edition of "Langzeitarchivierung. Methoden zur Erhaltung digitaler Dokumente" released
An english edition of „Langzeitarchivierung. Methoden zur Erhaltung digitaler Dokumente“ by members of the UniversitĂ€t der Bundeswehr Munich has recently been released by Springer Science+Business Media publishers. Further information on the book under the title „Long-Term Preservation of Digital Documents“by the authors Uwe M. Borghoff, Peter Rödig, Jan Scheffczyk and Lothar Schmitz you will find here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2006-10-18)
 
10th Anniversary Version of Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography
The 10th anniversary version of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography whose first version was published in October 1996 is available.
The section Preservation offers a lot of publications about digital long term preservation.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-10-18)
 
nestor and kopal presenting on this year's iPRES
The German projects nestor and kopal are presenting results of their work on this year's International Conference on the Preservation of Digital Objects (iPRES). After Asia (2004) and Europe (2005) this years iPres is located at the Cornell University Library in Ithaca (USA).
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-10-10)
 
Workshop on Administration and Supply of larger Digital Picture Stocks
The Archivschule Marburg organizes in co-operation with the Hessian State Archive on the 30th Nov. 2006 a training-workshop. The meeting addresses employees of archives, which digitize larger amounts of archives property in order to make it available for off-line or on-line use.
Further information to the program you will find here
written by: Philipp Höhler (2006-10-09)
 
Survey of the SNIA 100 Year Electronic Archive Task Force
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has established a 100 Year Electronic Archive Task Force. The Task Force is a global, multi-agency group working to define the business & IT requirements for long term digital information retention. Now it requests for participation in the SNIA's "Long-Term Digital Information Retention Requirements" Survey.
You can find the survey here.

written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-10-06)
 
Digital Preservation is introduced to SAGA 3.0
The recent Version of SAGA 3.0 introduces digital preservation. SAGA is a collection of standards and architektures for E-Government-Purposes, which is edited by the German "Koordinierungs- und Beratungsstelle der Bundesregierung fĂŒr Informationstechnik in der Bundesverwaltung" (KBSt) in behalf of the Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Republic of Germany.
You can find more Information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-10-05)
 
nestor - Workshop "Necessity of standardization in the context of Long-Term-preservation and Digitization"
On behalf of the German institute for standardization (DIN) and in co-operation with the State and University Library Goettingen (SUB) and the computer and medium service of the Humboldt University Berlin the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek) organizes a workshop for invited participants coordiated by nestor II concerning the “Necessity of standardization in the context of Long-Term preservation and Digitization”. The discussion is thematically separated in the two sections "Long-term preservation" and "Digitization", whereby each section is divided into topic tables of single blocks.
– Section Long-Term preservation: Persistent Identifiers, Criteria for trusted repositories, meta data
– Section Digitization: Quality of digitized cultural properties, formats and document models, meta data formats
written by: Philipp Höhler (2006-09-28)
 
kopal-system starts operational service
The longterm preservation system developed by the german kopal project has just started its service.
Some ten thousand digital objects from the project partners German National Library (DNB) and Goettingen State and University Library (SUB) have been ingested in the system so far.
You can get more information here (in german only).
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-09-26)
 
Summer 2006 issue of RecordKeeping magazine published
The National Archives, UK has just published a new issue of the RecordKeeping magazine.
Some articles, especially in the "Standards and guidance" section are dealing with digital preservation. You will find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-09-20)
 
Germany's Chemistry Information Centre warns of loss of research outcomes
Prof. Dr. René Deplanque the Managing Director of the FIZ CHEMIE Berlin warns of loss of research outcomes. He has started a appeal for an alliance to update the process of knowledge production and to solve the problems of digital preservation.
You can find more Information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-09-14)
 
ARIADNE issue 48 published
The summer issue of the online journal ARIADNE offers some articles about digital preservation.
Najla Semple and Maggie Jones are reporting about the findings of the DPC UK Needs Assessment. Miguel Ferreira, Ana Alice Baptista and José Carlos Ramalho propose a Service-Oriented Architecture for automatic digital preservation.
You will find the recent issue here.

written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-09-13)
 
Digital Preservation during the IST Event in Helsinki
The DPE project made a proposal for a session on digital preservation during the IST Event in Helsinki (21. - 23. November 2006).
Interest in this topic should be expressed until 15th September because than the Committeew ill decide which proposals to select.
You will find further information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-09-11)
 
Project Archisafe is awarded a prize in eGovernment competition
The project Archisafe is awarded a prize in this years german eGovernment-competition.
The project has developed a solution for digital preservation in public authority institutions.
You can find further information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-09-11)
 
EU Commission Recommendation on digitisation and preservation
In the context of the i2010 Digital Libraries Initiative the EU Commission has published among other things recommendations on the preservation of digital cultural heritage.
You can find the recomendations here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-09-08)
 
LIFE Project tackles digital preservation costing
UCL and the British Library have completed phase 1 of a JISC funded project examining the costing of digital preservation activities. The LIFE Project has developed a methodology for analysing and costing the elements of a digital object's lifecycle, including preservation. It has tested and refined this methodology by applying it to a number of case studies. These include Voluntary Deposit of e-materials at the BL, Web Archiving at the BL, and commercial eJournals at UCL. A short summary of the final report can be found here. To view the final reports from the LIFE project please visit the project website.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2006-08-23)
 
Summer 2006 issue of D-Lib Magazine is available
The recent issue of the "D-Lib Magazine" (Vol. 12, No.7/8, July/August 2006) contains some articles dealing with digital preservation.
A article by Seamus Ross (DCC/HATII) and Andrew McHugh (DCC/HATII) discusses the "The Role of Evidence in Establishing Trust in Repositories.
The issue is completed by some reports from JCDL 2006. One of the JCDL 2006 Workshops dealt with Digital Curation and Trusted Repositories, Seeking Success.
You can fint the issue here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-07-27)
 
13th Issue of 'What's new in digital preservation'
The current Issue No. 13 (March - June 2006) of the newsletter 'What's new in digital preservation' has just been published by PADI and the DPC.
You can reach the current issue here and here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-07-25)
 
Digitisation Recommendations
The German Deutschen Bibliotheksverband e.V. (DBV) has recently published a set of recommendations for digitisation. Some of these recommendations are dealing with digital preservation.
You can find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-07-24)
 
German translation of the EAD-Application Guidelines
The project daofind has recently published a German translation of the EAD-Application Guidelines.
Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is the current standard for encoding archival finding aids.
You can find the translation here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-07-24)
 
Day of the Written Cultural Heritage
On 2 September 2006 there will be the Day of the Written Cultural Heritage (Tag des schriftlichen Kulturerbes) in Germany. The main event is organised by the Deutsche Stiftung schriftliches Kulturerbe and the Forum Bestandserhaltung. All cultural heritage institutions are invited to get part of this event.
You will find further information here and here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-07-13)
 
Webarchiv of German Bundestag online
Since January 2005 the website of the German Deutsche Bundestag is collected. Now these webarchiv is online accessible.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-07-05)
 
Converting-Tool Xena 3.0 Lite released
The National Archives of Australia have published a new version of the digital preservation software, Xena 3.0 Lite (XML Electronic Normalising of Archives). The open source software converts electronic records from different formats into a standardised XML.
You will find further information here.

written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-07-04)
 
Comment Period for the Five Year Review of the OAIS Standard
In compliance with ISO and CCSDS procedures the "Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS)" standard will be reviewied.
This is a opportunity to reduce ambiguities or improve missing or weak concepts. Comments must be received by 30 October, 2006.
You can find further information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-07-03)
 
IIPC publishes two new reports
The International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) has published two new reports. "Use Cases for Access to Internet Achives" describes and discusses the requirements of future users towards a web archive. The complementing report "Prototypes related to the IIPC Access Working Group Use Cases" develops a common architecture for access, consisting of a number of interacting components.
Both reports are available on the IIPC website.
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2006-06-27)
 
Criterias for trusted digital repositories published
The nestor Working Group on Trusted Repository Certification has published the (German version) criterias for trusted digital repositories - version 1 (Draft for Public Comments) and asks all interested parties for their comments, hints, best practise examples until October, 31st 2006. An english version will be available soon.
For further information please look here.
written by: Susanne Dobratz (2006-06-17)
 
nestor Event on June 19, 2006 in Deutsche Bibliothek, Frankfurt am Main
"Preserve Progress - three years of project nestor" is the title of a nestor event on June 19, 2006 in Frankfurt. The project partners give a review on the achieved results of nestor. Topics are: the nestor memorandum, criteria for trusted digital repositories, metadata and some more.
The future of nestor is also presented. The invitation is for representatives of libraries, museums, data centers, in short: all participants interested in preservation of digital resources.
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2006-06-12)
 
Two ICABS publications on digital preservation now online!
In 2004-2005, The National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) conducted for the IFLA-CDNL Alliance for Bibliographic Standards (ICABS) a survey on the use and development of standards in digital archiving within the international library world. The survey resulted in the report:
"Networking for digital preservation: Current Practice in 15 National Libraries" (PDF, 271 p.)

In the same period the National Library of Australia also carried out a survey for ICABS on digital preservation. This survey focused on the availability of suitable guidance documents for preserving digital materials:
"Report to ICABS on guidance for digital preservation: Report on a survey of Sources" (PDF, 73 p.)
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2006-06-12)
 
Third nestor-Seminar (Museums) in NĂŒrnberg, June 13, 2006
nestors third seminar, titled "nestor - Keeping digital data in a museum" will be held in Germanisches Nationalmuseum in NĂŒrnberg at the 13th of June 2006. The seminar shall show the actual situation and possibilites existing in German museums. Possible short term answers will be presented. The seminar is intended to foster the discussion and the exchange of experiences. The programm can be downloaded here.
written by: Stefan Rohde-Enslin (2006-05-29)
 
500 Data Sets in the nestor Subject Gateway
Since today the nestor Subject Gateway involves 500 data sets.
The nestor Subject Gateway, which is cooperativly maintained by the nestor partners, points to information ressources from the field of digital preservation. The nestor Subject Gateway concentrates on ressources in german language but it offers as an additional service a search in the accumulated data sets of the nestor and the PADI subject gateways.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-05-22)
 
EWA - The European Web Archive helps to preserve cultural heritage
In partnership with European Heritage institutions (Libraries, Archives, Museums) and with the Internet Archive (a non-profit foundation based in San Francisco where every two months, large snapshots of the surface of the web are archived by the Internet Archive since 1996) European Web Archive is developping a web archiving agency in Europe to help archive and preserve for future generations significant portion of our digital heritage published on the Web. This includes crawling, hosting and indexing collection of sites. The European Archive is a non-profit foundation working towards universal access to all knowledge. The archive will achieve this through partnerships with libraries, museums, other collection bodies, and through building its own collections. The primary goal of collecting this knowledge is to make it as publicly accessible as possible, via the Internet and other means. With the technical support of the Internet Archive and XS4ALL, the European Archive has installed a repository with 250 terabytes (250 000 giga-bytes) capacity in Amsterdam via which a large collection digital material (text, music, moving images, software) can be accessed.
Contact: julien"at"europarchive.org
written by: Philipp Höhler (2006-05-18)
 
Magnetic Tape Prototype with High Data Density Invented
The research lab of IBM has set a new world record for the highest data density on a magnetic tape. The new developed tape can hold about 6.67 billion bits of data per square inch. The whole tape has a capacity of 8 trillion bytes which is the equivalent of about eight million books. The data layer of barium ferrite crystals
was developed by Fuji. Because of the chemical stability of barium ferrite, the new tape could be seen as a promising alternative for long-term storage solutions. You can read the article here.

written by: (2006-05-17)
 
ARIADNE issue 47
The spring issue of the online journal ARIADNE offers some articles about digital preservation.
Duncan Burbidge describes experiences from Digitising an Archive: The Factory Approach and Eileen Fenton explains about Preserving Electronic Scholarly Journals and Portico.
You will find the recent issue here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-05-09)
 
iPRES 2006, Registration and Call for Participation
The "International Conference on the Preservation of Digital Objects" (iPRES 2006) will be held October 8-10, 2006 at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY U.S.A.
The theme of this year's iPRES is "Words to Deeds: Collaboration in the Realm of Digital Preservation". It is continuation of the set of iPRES conferences. Last years conference was organised by nestor (and others).
Sessions will be held about Preserving Multimedia Objects, e-Journal Preservation and Certification. Concurrent sessions on Tools of the Trade; Selection, Workflow, and Accession; eScience and Digital Preservation; Metadata; Business and organizational issues; and Repositories are considered. Deadline for contributing papers is August 15, 2006. The deadline for early registration is September 1, 2006.
For details about the iPRES 2006 agenda and to register, please go here.
written by: Stefan Rohde-Enslin (2006-05-04)
 
Workshop Report "Digital Rights Management in Public Science"
On 8 Dec 2005, the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis ITAS of the Helmholtz Research Centre Karlsruhe held the fourth INDICARE workshop on "Digital Rights Management in Public Science". Twenty-five selected experts were brought together to discuss actual and potential implementations of Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems in scientific publishing and scientific communication, their positive and negative implications and public policy issues.
Organisational and technical problems and the possibilities of Creative Commons Licences have been discussed. The full workshop report is now available here.
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2006-04-28)
 
Demo for PDF/A Convertions of Scanned Pictures
A demo version of LuraTechs new product "PDF Compressor Version 4" is available for download. The desktop version converts common graphic formats into the long-term preservation PDF/A format. The desktop version has no OCR recognition like the bigger server version of the PDF Compressor. In demo mode, all PDF/A files will be branded by a big water-mark. For a regular use, customers are supposed to buy the program. You will find the download area here.
written by: (2006-04-28)
 
OpenDocument Format Alliance welcomes the 138est Member
Founded in March 2006 with 36 foundation members the OpenDocument Format Alliance has suddenly grown to 138 allies. The last joining came from the National Archive of Australia and the Indian Institute of Technology. The aim of the Alliance is the promotion of the XML-based OpenDocument Format (ODF) in administrations and governments. ODF is suited for texts, tables and graphics, it is independent from applications and platforms and therefore a candidate for a possible long-term preservation format. At the time ODF is undergoing a proceeding of being announced as an ISO standard, which will be completed in May 2006. You can find the press release here.
written by: (2006-04-19)
 
New Amendments for the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Concerning the Discovery of "Electronically Stored Information" approved by U.S. Supreme Court
On April 13th all amendments for the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning the discovery of "electronically stored information" have passed the Supreme Court. The rules will go into effect on December first, 2006. These new rules are expected to have a huge impact on coming ERM systems and programs. With the amendment for Rule 26(b)(2) a responding party is required to „identify sources of potentially responsive information that is not searched or produced because of the costs and burdens of accessing the information.“ Even if the responding party shows, that the information is not reasonably accessible, „a court may order discovery for good cause and may impose appropriate terms and conditions“. You can read all amendments here.
written by: (2006-04-18)
 
New Graduate Program for the Conservation of New Media starts at Winter Semester in Fall 2006
The first class of the new program "Conservation of New Media and Digital Information" will begin its studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, Germany, this fall. The international program requires four semesters. The teaching objectives are: "Imparting knowledge and capabilities about long-term preservation of fine art, cultural, archival and library heritage in the fields of photography, video and digital information". To enter the program candidates should already own an university degree (B. A. or equivalent) and come from the professional fields of archive or library science, computer science, art history, media science, museology, conservation or similar. The application deadline is June 30, 2006. You can find all information on the official Website.
written by: (2006-04-11)
 
Updates of the DPC Preservation Handbook
The Digital Preservation Coalition has updated its Preservation Handbook.
A 'Decision Tree' for Selection of Digital Materials for Long-term Retention has been added to the DPC website.
This is a valuable tool which will assist in defining a selection policy for the digital materials. The structure of the tree is based on a series of questions which will help to evaluate digital content according to key organisational issues such as Rights and Responsibilities, Technical infrastructure, Costs and Metadata.
Beside the Decision Tree a chapter on 'Costs and Business Modelling' was added.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-04-05)
 
Ludwig Boltzmann Institut is Assigned to Preserve the Archives of the Ars Electronica
The archives of the famous festival Ars Electronica are offering an overview of 26 years of work in electronic art. The archives are holding materials about 30.000 projects of electronic art and pieces of art formerly submitted to the festival in its repository. The recently founded Ludwig Boltzmann Institute has the assignment to create concepts and tools to index the holdings of the archives and to maintain constant access for users. One major issue will be the preservation of the digital pieces of art. You will find a German article here.
written by: (2006-04-04)
 
Networking for Digital Preservation - Current Practice in 15 National Libraries
A new publication in the series "IFLA Publications" covers long-term preservation activities in 15 national libraries worldwide: publishers' press-release.
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2006-04-03)
 
European High Level Expert Group on Digital Libraries Will Gather for the First Time
Twenty high level experts from libraries, archives, museums and the economy congregate next week for the first time to form an European expert group for Digital Libraries. The aim is the formulation of von recommendations to organizational, legal and technical questions concerning to an European Digital Library. Main issues on the topic list will be copyrights, the coordination of existing initiatives and a combined digitization strategy. Read the German article here.
written by: (2006-03-23)
 
Integration of PADI Metadata in the nestor Subject Gateway
Based on a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Library of Australia and the Goettingen State and University Library (SUB) which was signed last year, the nestor subject gateway integrated the metadata of the PADI subject gateway.
The users can decide wether they want to search the 473 nestor database entrys or the 2032 entrys of both databases. The users can decide whether they want to search the 473 nestor database entries or the 2032 entries of both databases. The nestor entries are bilingual (English – German), the PADI entries are in English. The PADI database is focussed on international, Anglo-American resources and the nestor database concentrates on resources from the German-speaking countries.
It is intended, that later on the nestor metadata will be integrated in the PADI database.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-03-22)
 
nestor Workshop at the German Library Day
During the 95. Deutschen Bibliothekartag there will be nestor-Workshop at March 23. at 10:30 AM. The focus of the Workshop will be on one hand Web-Archiving and Web-Harvesting, on the other hand nestor will present results of the project.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-03-21)
 
Fraunhofer SIT presents Alternative Solution for Digital Signatures in Document Management Systems
The software ArchiSoft was developed in cooperation with the corporation e.siqia. ArchiSoft is able to bundle obsolete signatures under a time stamp. Thereby a chain of signatures originates for each document which should equal the strength of evidence of records and contracts. The system has already passed a presentation in front of Judges and Lawyers. You can find the German press release here.
written by: (2006-03-17)
 
News from the kopal project
On time for the CeBIT, March 9 to 15, the long-term archiving project kopal presents new results and materials. The flash film "kopal demonstrator" presented to the public at this event for the first time visualizes concept and workflow of the evolving archiving system.
From now on the projekt-homepage offers information about kopal in English. On this website you will also find a link to the "kopal demonstrator" and a new information brochure under "downloads". The keyword "Software" leads to a first release of the koLibRI-software (kopal Library for Retrieval and Ingest). This software consists of tools for ingest and retrieval of archived materials and has been developed for the interaction with the DIAS system of IBM.
Location of the booth, hall 09, B 40.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-03-09)
 
New Issue of 'What's new in digital preservation'
The current Issue No. 12 (October 2005 - March 2006) of the newsletter 'What's new in digital preservation' has just been published by PADI and the DPC.
You can reach the current issue here and here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-03-08)
 
nestor and kopal at the CeBIT 2006
The two projects nestor and kopal will be participating at the Cebit 2006 the world's leading event for Information Technology, Telecommunications, Software & Services. They will inform about the variety of tasks and complexity of the process chain "Long-term archiving of digital resources". Location of the booth is hall 9, B40.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2006-03-08)
 
The National Library and the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands started emulation project
In February the National Library of the Netherlands and the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands have started a project on emulation for preservation purposes.
They contracted Tessella Support Services to design and develop an open source modular emulator for digital preservation. Tessella Support Services has subcontracted Jeff Rothenberg to participate in this project in the role of Emulation Consultant.
You can find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-03-07)
 
Sony discontinues the development of PDD
Sony discontinues the development of the optical storage technologie »Professional Disc for Data« (PDD).
You will get further information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-03-01)
 
February Issue of RLG DigiNews online
The newest issue of RLG DigiNews is published. It contains an interview with Victoria Reich, Director of the LOCKSS Program and an article about the NEDCC Survey and Colloquium to explore digitization and digital preservation policies and practices. You can find the whole issue here.
written by: (2006-03-01)
 
Project kopal implements Universal Object Format
Standardisation is a critical factor for success in long-term preservation of digital objects. Object format, transfer protocols and system interfaces need standardisation in order to cope with large amounts of data and to allow co-operative interaction of digital archives.
Project kopal, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, has implemented a “Universal Object Format”. The archiving and exchange format for digital objects allows archiving and exchange of digital objects along with meta-data between institutions and digital archives. It is based on the formats Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS, Version 1.4) and the Long-term preservation Metadata for Electronic Resources (LMER, Version 1.2) [More]
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2006-02-17)
 
Invitation to nestor-discussion on a German Policy for long-term preservation of digital resources
It belongs to the tasks of the project nestor - network of expertise in long-term storage to formulate recommendations regarding the long-term preservation of digital resources in Germany and bring into the public discussion.
Therefore nestor organizes
on Monday, 20 February 2006, 11,00 - 16,30 h in federal archives Koblenz, Potsdamer STR. 1, 56075 Koblenz, a public work meeting to the topic: "Langzeitarchivierungs Policy fĂŒr digitale Ressourcen in Deutschland", to which you are invited hereby cordially.
For the preparation of this task in the past months two work packages were assigned:
1) production of an expertise "Entwicklung eines Beschreibungsprofils fĂŒr die nationale Langzeit-Archivierungs-Strategie (National long-term Preservation Policy)" and
2) Overview over the actual conditions for the "long-term archiving of digital resources in Germany - collecting activities and criteria for choice"
On the basis of the results from the work packages nestor will compile a recommendation paper for the planned meeting, which will form the basis of the discussion on 20.2. All relevant documents will be sent to you before the meeting.
We would be pleased, if you would participate.
Please inform us to at the latest 31.1.2006 whether you can participate. Since the number of participants is limited, we ask you for fast response. The order of the entrance of your messages might decide on the participation.
The answer should go at Dr. Andrea HĂ€nger, mailto:a.haenger@barch.bund.de, as well as in the CC: at Hans Liegmann, mailto:liegmann@dbf.ddb.de.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2006-02-17)
 
New Center for Long-Term Preservation opens in North Rhine-Westphalia
A new center for long-term preservation opens on February third in MĂŒnster. Besides the tasks of restoring classic archival items and digitizing archival materials, a close cooperation with the IT-Center of the State Archives of North Rhine-Westphalia is planned. This cooperation is aiming for new solutions in the long-term preservation of electronic records. You can find the German article here.
written by: (2006-02-06)
 
PDF/A - Standardization continues
On Jan 25/26th 2006, an official meeting on ISO-Standard PDF/A (ISO/TC 171/SC2/ WG5/N016) took place in Berlin. Main topics were the first experiences with the existing standard PDF/A-1 and a discussion about further developments of the standard.

PDF/A is a list of restrictions, delimiting the abundance of PDF in order to adapt it to long-term preservation requirements. PDF/A-1 has been adopted as an ISO standard some months ago. Basis for PDF/A-1 is still PDF 1.4, so most of the discussion was about the additional requirements to enable PDF 1.6 in PDF/A-2. New PDF features to be integrated in future PDF/A versions comprise for example the support of JPEG2000, whereas multimedia and 3D elements will be forbidden. Some minor corrections in PDF/A-1 have been finalised, because some incorrect terms (mainly out of the XMP context) have found their way into the standard during the development phase.

PDF/A-1 and PDF/A-2 focus on page-oriented and static electronic documents which can be printed out without loss of information. This fact limits the applicability of PDF/A to defined areas of long-term preservation. However, the meeting acknowledged the need for incorporation of dynamic elements into PDF/A. The development of PDF/A-3 will take this into account.

Summing up, the ISO-roadmap for development of PDF/A is: starting with a revision (error correction) of the published standard PDF/A-1, the next step will be PDF/A-2, which will be adapted according to the additional features of PDF 1.5 and 1.6, still limited to page-oriented, static documents. A paradigm shift will start with PDF/A-3, where the preservation of visual document appearance will be extended to include also the preservation of dynamic document behaviour. The practical implementation of these extensions is still under discussion and there is no exact timeframe yet for further versions.
[Tobias Steinke, Die Deutsche Bibliothek, steinke@dbf.ddb.de]
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2006-02-06)
 
OpenRAW Starts Survey for Long-Term Preservation Format for Digital Cameras
All RAW-formats for digital cameras are bound to the specifications of their manufacturers. This practice is very critical in terms of the long-term preservation of digital photographs. The initiative OpenRAW now starts with an open survey to collect information about the demanding features of an open format for digital photographs. The survey is aiming for a non-proprietary format, suitable for long-term preservation. You find the survey here.
written by: (2006-02-01)
 
January 2006 issue of D-Lib Magazine is available
The new issue of the "D-Lib Magazine" (Vol. 12, No.1, January 2006) contains a article about webarchiving in the UK.
The article by Steve Bailey (JISC) and Dave Thompson (Wellcome Library) discusses the UK Web Archiving Consortium project, outlining the project to date as well as sharing initial lessons learned by the Consortium Partners. You can find the article here.

written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-01-18)
 
Second nestor Seminar Focuses on Digital Preservation in Archives
After the first nestor seminar in November, the second seminar will take a closer look on digital preservation in archives. The lectures are dealing with the archival cooperation with administrative bodies, the appraisal of digital records and the technical needs. The seminar is an introduction for archivists, with an interest in the subject of digital preservation. The seminar will be held on January the 13th in the SUB-Göttingen. You can find the program here.
written by: (2006-01-12)
 
PDF Tools AG and LuraTech are cooperating for the Long-Term Preservation Standard PDF/A
Two companies have decided to build a center of competence for the standard PDF/A. PDF/A is a constrained version of the PDF format. The allowed content of PDF/A is dictated by ISO 19005-1. The PDF Tools AG produces tolls for the creation and the processing of PDF files while LuraTech operates in the fields of digitization and data compression. The first step within this new cooperation is to evaluate the knowledge of both companies about PDF/A and to formulate a state of the art expertise. You can read the press release here.
written by: (2006-01-12)
 
Harvard University Library has been awarded to develop a format registry
Harvard University Library (HUL) has been awarded a Mellon grant to develop the Global Digital Format Registry (GDFR). The grant is for a two year project commencing February 2006. You can download a copy of the project proposal to the Mellon foundation for further information.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2006-01-09)
 
Elsevier declares collaboration with Portico
Elsevier has announced that Portico, a nonprofit electronic archiving service, will be an official e-journal archive for the company. The partnership with Portico will ensure that the over 2,100 current and formerly published journals on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect service are preserved in a permanent archive for posterity.
Elsevier’s collaboration with Portico coincides with a recent matching three million dollar grant from the Library of Congress’ National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) made to Portico.
You will find the press release here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-12-20)
 
First test of kopal archiving system successful
The project kopal is developing a system for the long-term preservation of digital objects. The system has just successfully passed a first testing phase. Due to this positive result, the project partners have officially approved the component DIAS (Digital Information Archiving System). On this basis, the feeding of data into the archive system can be initiated soon. Further information is available here (in German) in the press release from Dec. 20th, 2005.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-12-20)
 
METS Schema Version 1.5 Published
A new version of METS Schema is online and ready for download. The METS Schema standard can be used for exchanging and encoding descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata regarding digital objects within and between libraries and archives. The new Version allows a more refined structural description of complex digital objects. You can download the METS Schema Version 1.5 here.
written by: (2005-12-14)
 
New DigiCULT.Newsletter is published online
DigiCULT.INFO, the newsletter about Digital Cultur, has published his 10th issue. You can find articles about the DOMEA Concept for the disposal and archiving of electronic records, the project InterPARES2 and the BIRTH Television Archive. Additional subjects are augmented reality, prototyping and reports of the european correspondents. You can get the current issue here.
written by: (2005-12-13)
 
German Parliament Starts with Preservation of Web Content
Since January 2005 the German Parliament preserves the content of its domain www.bundestag.de. The underlying concepts and archive functions are published and ready for download. It is planed to preserve the former web-content for the long-term and to allow public access over the internet. You can read the press release here.

written by: (2005-12-12)
 
Internet Archive launches Web-archiving-on-demand
The new service of the Internet Archive allows organizations to preserve and to manage their web contents via a special web interface. You can access the new service under its name Archive-it.org. It is build for libraries, archives and other heritage institutions which haven't got the infrastructure to preserve their web sites permanently. For an annual fee of 10.000$, institutions can preserve and manage about 10 millions web sites. The original post from the founder of the Internet Archive, Brewster Kahle, can be found here.
written by: (2005-12-06)
 
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt PTB introduced ArchiSafe
The PTB introduced their new long-term preservation system ArchiSafe at the trade show "Modern State". ArchiSafe is made for the preservation of authentic administrative data. Read more about ArchiSafe.
written by: (2005-12-01)
 
Priority actions to increase cooperation in the field of archives in Europe
The council of the European Union has published some recommendations to increase cooperation in the field of archives in Europe. Among other things they recomment a "reinforcement of European interdisciplinary cooperation on electronic documents and archives to be further developed". The complete text of the recommendations can be found here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-11-30)
 
nestor seminar November 29th 2005
The nestor project plans a seminar for beginners in the field of digital preservation. This first seminar will deal with the basics of a digital archive.
You will find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-11-23)
 
2005 Digital Preservation Award awarded to the PREMIS Working Group
The PREMIS Working Group – a team of 30 experts from five countries – was awarded the Digital Preservation Award for 2005 at the annual Conservation Awards ceremony held at the British Library.
This is the tenth anniversary of the Conservation Awards, which this year has a new sponsor - Sir Paul McCartney. This is the second year to include the Digital Preservation Coalition-sponsored ÂŁ5,000 Digital Preservation Award.
The winning team’s work is to do with “preservation metadata”, which is essential to ensure that digital objects remain accessible over time. The work of the PREMIS Working Group goes a long way towards establishing an international open-source standard for handling metadata, which will help libraries and institutions around the world to archive digital content. You will find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-11-23)
 
Digisation of Content from the Duchess Anna Amalia Library
The Duchess Anna Amalia Library is planning to digitise and to archive some of its collections. Together with the company EMC, who founds the archival storage, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar plans to offer the digitised content of its collections online.
You will find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-11-21)
 
November Issue 2005 of the "D-Lib Magazine" published
The new issue of the "D-Lib Magazine" (Vol. 11, No.11, November 2005) deals in several articles with aspects of digital preservation. Here you can reach the table of contents of this issue.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-11-17)
 
RecordKeeping, autumn 2005 issue published
The National Archives, UK has just published a new issue of the RecordKeeping magazine.
Some articles, especially in the "Standards and guidance" section are dealing with digital preservation. You will find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-11-15)
 
Petition for Use of Open Formats in Public Administrations Addressed to the German Parliament
Public administrations should only use open document formats with standards of approved standard committees (e. g. ISO, OASIS) for their maintaining correspondence. This claims an oline-petition addressed to the German parliament on September 29th. The demand for open formats is caused by possible cost reductions for citizens and administrations and the necessity of long-term preservation. You can read the German petition here.
written by: (2005-11-09)
 
Ariadne issue 45
Issue 45 of Ariadne was published on 30 October 2005. This issue offers among others articles about institutional repositories and a review of the 1st International Digital Curation Conference in Bath.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-11-03)
 
Release of PRONOM4 File Format Registry and DROID Digital Record Object Identification
National Archives of the UK has announced the release of PRONOM 4, the latest version of its web-based technical registry to support long-term preservation. PRONOM 4 incorporates a number of significant enhancements.
PRONOM 4 also sees the release of the first in a planned series of tools, which use the content of the registry to provide specialised preservation services. DROID (Digital Record Object Identification) is an automatic file format identification tool, which uses byte signatures stored in PRONOM to identify and report the specific file format versions of digital files.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-11-01)
 
ARL Endorses Call for Action to Preserve E-Journals
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has endorsed the statement "Urgent Action Needed to Preserve Scholarly Electronic Journals".
The statement arose out of a recent meeting of library leaders hosted by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and articulates four actions needed to support the development of qualified preservation archives for scholarly e-journals. ARL's Scholarly Communication Steering Committee will be developing
objectives and action items stemming from the statement's recommendations.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-11-01)
 
Specific graduate program on digital preservation
The State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart is going to start a specific graduate program on digital preservation. From April 2006 on, a small group of students will explore the possibilities of long-term preservation of analogue and digital photographs, video records and digital cultural assets. International experts will not only impart technological understanding, but will prepare future conservation specialists in practice-oriented projects for a demanding profession.
Expecting an international group of students and teachers, most if not all classes will be taught in English.
You will find further Information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-11-01)
 
New Issue of 'What's new in digital preservation'
The current Issue No. 11 (June - September 2005) of the newsletter 'What's new in digital preservation' has just been published by PADI and the DPC.
It was compiled by Deb Woodyard-Robinson of (Digital Preservation Coalition, DPC), and Marian Hanley of the National Library of Australia.
You can reach the current issue here and here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-10-31)
 
The Record is Coming by Mail
German archives face a wave of electronic records from administrations and public organizations. The court for social affairs in Rheinland-Pfalz Germany is open for electronic records. The courts of Koblenz, Mainz, Speyer and Trier will follow next year. Citizens can submit documents to the court by mail. A qualified signature key is in use to guarantee the authenticity of the documents. By now, 400 trials are done on the basis of electronic records. For more information please look here.
written by: (2005-10-31)
 
Freedom of XML is at Stake
The free markup language XML is a foundation for many long-term preservation strategies. An important fact is the status of XML as free and non proprietary format. This freedom is now threatened by the small software company Scientigo from Charlotte, North Carolina. The company has claimed, that the two US-patents (5,842,213 and 6,393,426) are pertaining the XML format. The significance of software patents is varying from region to region. While within the EU, software patents will be rejected, US courts often ruled in favour of the patent holder. Find more information here.
written by: (2005-10-31)
 
Library of Congress selects Automated Videotape Preservation and Digitization System
The Library of Congress has contracted to purchase the System for the Automated Migration of Media Archives, or SAMMA, to migrate its massive collection of audio-visual material. The modular, portable system of Media Matters LLC will be installed on-site at the Library and run 24/7. The final product will be a lossless compressed Motion JPEG 2000 digital file copy of each master tape at preservation quality, and the technical metadata describing the condition of the media item and the migration process. You will find further information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-10-20)
 
nestor and kopal - Two projects about long-term preservation of digital resources at the international bookfair "Buchmesse" in Frankfurt, stand 4.2 M457
nestor and kopal both present their projects from the 19th until the 23rd of October 2005 at the Frankfurt Buchmesse at the booth of the German National Library "Die Deutsche Bibliothek", at stand 4.2 M457, which is in building 4, 2nd floor, MessegelÀnde.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2005-10-20)
 
E-Government and Preservation are the Coming Challenges for the New Director of the State Archives of Berlin
At the introduction of Dr. Uwe Schaper, the new director of the State Archives of Berlin, the senator for science, research and culture, Dr. Thomas Flierl, spoke very optimistic about mastering future archival challenges. He underlined the importance of the implementation of E-Government and the problem of preservation, that needs an innovative approach. For more information please look here.
written by: (2005-10-20)
 
Special Issue on Certification of RLG-DigiNews
The issue Volume 9, Number 5 of the "RLG DigiNews" newsletter is released. This special issue deals with the certification of digital repositories. Among reports about the activities in the USA and the UK, there is an introduction to the activities of the nestor Working Group on Trusted Repositories Certification.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-10-19)
 
15 Million Dollar Donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the Computer History Museum
With a 15 million Dollar donation Bill Gates is helping out the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley to reach its goal of 125 million Dollar in a fund raising campaign for establishing a long-term endowment. By his own admission, the museum owns the largest collection of hard- and software in the world. For more information please look here.
written by: (2005-10-18)
 
Open Content Alliance (OCA) founded
The Internet Archive, Yahoo and the National Archives of the UK build a coalition with several other organizations and corporations called the "Open Content Alliance". The Internet Archive will host the portal while Yahoo takes care of indexing the content. The content includes mostly copyright-free material or pieces of work under the Creative-Commons-License. The OCA is open for donations from other organizations. For more information please look here.
written by: (2005-10-13)
 
Preservation of European Cultural Heritage: "i2010: Digital Libraries"
Digital Libraries are organised collections of digital content made available to the public. They can consist of digital copies of books or be based on information produced in digital form. The "i2010: Digital Libraries" initiative aims at making European information resources easier and more interesting to use in an on-line environment. The European Commission adopted on 30/09/2005 the "i2010: Digital Libraries" communication outlining the vision of this initiative and addressing in particular the issues of digitisation, on line accessibility and digital preservation of our cultural heritage. For more information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-10-06)
 
National libraries of the Netherlands and Japan sign joint operating agreement
The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) in the Netherlands has signed a joint operating agreement with the National Diet Library in Japan. The two national libraries will cooperate in several areas, such as digitisation and long-term digital preservation. By means of exchange programmes, employees of both institutions will acquire experience and exchange specific knowledge. For more information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-10-05)
 
Microfilm versus Digitisation
Regarding the German newspaper "Die WELT" a new surprising trend has emerged at the German Archives Day in Stuttgart. At the Archivistica fair, which is part of the conference, archiving on microfilm is considered to be a much more cheaper and efficient way for long-term preservation instead of digitisation. For more information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-09-30)
 
PDF/A approved as ISO Standard
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved PDF/Archive (PDF/A). PDF/A enables organizations to archive documents electronically in a way that will ensure preservation of content over an extended period of time and that those documents can be retrieved and rendered with a consistent and predictable result in the future. More ...
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2005-09-21)
 
National Archives awards Lockheed Martin $308 Million to build electronic archives of the future
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) today awarded Lockheed Martin a $308 million contract to build a permanent archives system to preserve and manage electronic records created by the federal government. A a six-year program is started to develop the Electronic Records Archives - ERA system for NARA. Work will be performed at Lockheed Martin offices in Greenbelt, MD, in coordination with NARA offices in the Washington metropolitan area. A major initiative to help enable the successful move to government-wide electronic records management, the ERA system will capture electronic information – regardless of its format – save it permanently, and make it accessible on whatever future hardware or software is currently in use. While the full system is scheduled to be completed by 2011, a functional subset of the system will be operating within two years.
You will find further information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-09-09)
 
International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (iPRES), Göttingen, September 15-16, 2005
The International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (iPRES) is part of a series of international conferences in the field of digital preservation. This series started with the "Chinese-European Workshop on Digital Preservation" in Beijing in July 2004. The conference is organised by State and University Library Goettingen together with international partners under the auspices of nestor. It aims at enhancing the exchange of experiences and international cooperation in the field of digital preservation. In particular it will focus on the topics "Preservation Policies", "Technical Workflow" and "Web Archiving". For more information please look here.
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2005-09-01)
 
RLG released audit checklist for certifying digital repositories
RLG has just released a draft report for the certification of digital repositories. The draft, titled "An Audit Checklist for the certification of Trusted Digital Repositories", is the product of a task force working on a joint project between RLG and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Please comment by January 2006.
You can find further Information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-09-01)
 
Digital Preservation Fellow
The University of Texas at Austin School of Information has launched an PhD Fellowship initiative to educate doctoral students in the fields of preservation administration, preservation policy, and digital preservation. For more information please look here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-08-25)
 
Thematic issue of the ZfBB
Digital preservation is the main focus of the recent issue (3-4/2005) of the German journal "Zeitschrift fĂŒr Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie" (ZfBB).
These issue brings ten articles on different aspects of digital preservation like electronic deposit copy, business models or the preservation of digital heritage in museums.
Abstracts of these issue can be found here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-08-23)
 
First DCC Digital Curation Manual Instalment Online
One objective for the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is the creation and maintenance of a Digital Curation Manual. It is designed to assist data creators, curators and re-users to better understand the challenges they face and the roles they play in creating, managing and preserving their digital information over time. Each instalment will place a topic in the context of digital curation by providing an introduction to the subject, an explanation of terminology used, suggestions for best practice and by providing real-life examples of the topic in action.
The first instalment of the DCC Digital Curation Manual is now available for download. It is entitled "Open Source for Digital Curation" and written by DCC Advisory Services Manager Andrew McHugh.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-08-17)
 
August Issue of "RLG DigiNews"
The issue Volume 9, Number 4 of the "RLG DigiNews" newsletter is released. This issue gives, among other, results of a survey of "Institutional Readiness" made by Cornell University Library.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-08-16)
 
Aktion Lesezeichen ["Operation Bookmark"] - Save the written cultural heritage
On 2 September 2005 will be the first anniversary of the fire at the duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar. Many German libraries and archives would like to commemorate joint with the city of Weimar this day. With exhibitions, lectures, open magazines and workshops they like to call attention to to the endangerment of manuscripts, old prints, maps, sheet music and the newer publications printed on acidic paper. A goal of this action day is it to arise interest and attention for the durable safety device of the written cultural heritage. Initiator is the "alliance for the preservation of the written cultural property", a union of German libraries and archives. Guenter Grass supports the action by creating a bookmark, that on this day in the libraries and archives involved is available in limited edition. You can find further Information here.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2005-08-11)
 
British Library predicts "switch to digital by 2020"
Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library, predicted a switch from print to digital publishing by the year 2020. At the launch of the Library’s new three-year strategy she said: "Our aim at the British Library is to develop the infrastructure to store, manage, preserve and provide access to digital material in the same way as we do for the ‘physical’ national collection that we and our predecessors have stewarded for the last 250 years." For more information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-07-12)
 
1 Petabyte System for Internet Archive
Capricorn Technologies announced that it has completed the shipment of a full petabyte storage system to the Internet Archive. A petabyte means around a million gigabyte. The system is composed by over 600 clustered storage computers with 2500 spinning disks.
For more information please look here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-06-23)
 
Microchip pioneer Jack Kilby dies
Jack Kilby, the inventor of the integrated circuit which formed the basis of the computer chip, has died aged 81. He earned the Nobel Prize for physics in 2000. For more information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-06-22)
 
June Issue 2005 of the "D-Lib Magazine" published
The new issue of the "D-Lib Magazine" (Vol. 11, No.6, June 2005) covers in several articles different aspects of the preservation of digital resources. Here you can reach the table of contents of this issue.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-06-20)
 
Digital Repositories Programme
JISC (The Joint Information Systems Committee) announced that a new ÂŁ4m programme will continue it's work to encourage the growth of repositories in universities and colleges across the UK. For more information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-06-16)
 
New nestor Service online - Who Where What
One of project nestor's goals is to interconnect long-term preservation competences and activities in Germany. Under the headline 'Who Where What' nestor wants to address all individuals, institutions and organisations active in the field of long-term preservation. nestor offers a database to increase visibility of competences and activities in order to provide a utility for retrieval and to foster synergies.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-06-14)
 
Website archiving
In the context of the Danish research project MODINET (Media and Democracy in the Network Society) arose an investigation focussing on website archiving. Therein firstly is dealt with the storage requirements of selected websites by individual users (micro archiving) and secondly with the broad webharvesting by institutions (macro archiving). The author Niels Bruegger concentrates in particular on the dynamic features of specific website elements and sketches strategies to guarantee their correct rendition. Informative are also the test results concerning standard commercial archiving- tools. Different documents are available here in english for download.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2005-06-08)
 
Digital Rights Management (DRM)
Technical steps for the protection of copyrights are an important and basic condition of the long-term preservation of digital resources. The European project INDICARE (The INformed DIalogue about Consumer Acceptability of DRM Solutions in Europe) examines the relationship of Digital Rights Management systems (DRM systems) and consumers interests. The second edition of the newsletter "INDICARE monitor" is available at www.indicare.org. Therein the eight essays are related with the problem and the acceptance of DRM. An interview with Tobias Steinke (Die Deutsche Bibliothek) concentrates on the consequences of DRM regarded from the viewpoint of an archiving library.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2005-06-08)
 
The National Archives released Electronic Records Online
The british National Archives released Electronic Records Online.
For the first time, records from the Digital Archive are available on the web. It is a pilot presentation system to make born digital records accessible online.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-06-06)
 
New Issue of 'What's new in digital preservation'
The current Issue No. 10 (January - May 2005) of the newsletter 'What's new in digital preservation' has just been published by PADI and the DPC.
It was compiled by Michael Day of UKOLN, University of Bath, and Gerard Clifton and Marian Hanley of the National Library of Australia.
You can reach the current issue here and here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-06-03)
 
Spring edition of RecordKeeping magazine is now available
The National Archives, UK has just published a new issue of the RecordKeeping magazine.
You will find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-05-26)
 
PREMIS Working Group Publishes Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata
PREMIS (PREservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies) has released a comprehensive guide to core metadata for supporting the long-term preservation of digital materials. The "Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: Final Report of the PREMIS Working Group" includes in a single document the PREMIS working group's final report, the data dictionary, and a series of examples illustrating use of the data dictionary. The report, data dictionary, and examples can also be downloaded as three separate documents.
Ongoing maintenance of the data dictionary and associated XML schemas, along with a forum for implementors, will be provided by the PREMIS maintenance activity.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-05-25)
 
Conceptual Study E-Archiving now online for download
The extensive study of Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries related to the project on e-archiving is now online for download. Versions in German and French are available as PDF-files. Apart from a general description of the problems it contains a discussion of the future strategy of university libraries to assure the long term accessibility of electronic documents as well as recommendations for the project until 2007. More information and full text links under Publications and presentations about e-archiving (in german).
written by: Philipp Höhler (2005-05-17)
 
German National Library will collect and preserve online publications
On May 11th 2005, the German cabinet passed the draft law about the "Deutsche Nationalbibliothek" [German National Library]. Primary intention for the revision of the Law on the Deutsche Bibliothek (1969) is to broaden the library's collection scope including online publications. Therewith, digital publications shall be preserved for future use by literature, science and individuals. In cooperation with other institutions, the library will cope with the task of long-term preservation of digital resources. To the draft law [German] and to the press release [German].
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2005-05-12)
 
UK web archive – now online
The first phase of the searchable archive of Web sites – selected for their scholarly, cultural and scientific value – is now available here. Developed by the UK Web Archiving Consortium (UKWAC) the archive is aimed at the broad research community and marks the first systematic attempt to create an archive of social, historic and culturally significant web-based material from the UK domain.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-05-09)
 
Release of the April issue 2005 of Ariadne Magazine
The new issue 43 of the Magazine "Ariadne" contains some interesting articles about digital preservation. Neil Beagrie describes the development and subsequent use of a digital preservation handbook and future plans for expansion of its use in training and professional practice: "Digital Preservation: Best Practice and its Dissemination". Leona Carpenter describes a JISC development programme tackling the organisational and technical challenges facing Higher and Further Education in the UK "Supporting Digital Preservation and Asset Management in Institutions".
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-05-09)
 
reUSE - Electronic archiving of Austrian school documents
The Institute of Integrated Studying of the Johannes Kepler University Linz offers in cooperation with the University Library Linz and the Austrian National Library within the scope of the EU-project reUSE a new service: Digital documents should be collected, preserved and made accesible. The aim is to build up an digital archive for all important Austrian public institutions. Hence reUSE is directed also to all schools in Austria. For more information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-04-28)
 
Ourmedia - Personal Digital Archive
A few weeks ago Ourmedia has launched its website.

From the FAQs: "The idea is pretty simple: People who create video, music, photos, audio clips and other personal media can store their stuff for free on Ourmedia's servers forever, as long as they're willing to share their works with a global audience.Ourmedia's goal is to expose, advance and preserve digital creativity at the grassroots level."

Ourmedia is supported and sponsored by organisations like The Internet Archive or Creative Commons.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-04-27)
 
Workshop of the Working Group on Trusted Repository Certification on June, 21
The nestor Working Group on Trusted Repository Certification will held a workshop on june, 21 2005 at the Bavarian State Library in Munich. You will find more information here.
written by: Susanne Dobratz (2005-04-27)
 
LMER update: Meta data for long-term archiving
Technical meta data used in methods of long-term archiving (emulation and migration) should be stored directly with the electronic documents in a depot system, where it can be used for application. With the format LMER - Long-term archiving Meta data for Electronic Resources - the German National Library (Die Deutsche Bibliothek) pursues the goal of representing universally useable technical meta data syntactically described by a XML pattern, whereby in particular the data model of the National Library in New Zealand functions as basis. The now available updated version LMER 1.2 tries to support the conditions of the present state of research in long-term archiving and to supply also a practice- and implementation-relevant default.
Advanced knowledge derived from the kopal project and first results of the PREMIS-Initiative were incorporated in the newly developed version of LMER.
Download as PDF
written by: Philipp Höhler (2005-04-26)
 
Agreement on a long-term ‘safe place’ for all Springer’s e-publications at the KB
On April 6th an agreement on long-term digital archiving of the electronic publications of Springer was signed between Springer and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB).

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek will receive digital copies of all e-journals, e-books and reference works that are also available on the web platform of Springer(SpringerLink). The KB will further invest on long-term preservation and research in order to safeguard permanent access to these digital publications stored within the e-Depot including relevant bibliographical and technical metadata.

Springer is planning to send approximately 100,000 articles of more than 1,250 online journals annually as well as over 1.5 million articles from the Springer Online Archives, which represent the complete collection of Springer’s backvolumes. Additionally 2,000 e-books will be added to the e-Depot of the National Library of the Netherlands.

You can find find more Information here and here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-04-25)
 
April Issue of 'RLG DigiNews'
The current issue of the 'RLG DigiNews' newsletter is released. This issue gives, among other, a comparison between migration and emulation in terms of costs and a report about new developments in the PRONOM service.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-04-18)
 
4. "DLM-Forum" in Budapest - Call for papers
4. "DLM-Forum" in Budapest - Call for papers

The DLM Forum is calling for the submission of proposals for papers to be presented at the DLM Forum Conference 2005 in Budapest on 5th – 7th October "Electronic Records Supporting e-Government and Digital Archives" (work title). You will find the Call for papers here.

The DLM Forum was originally based on the conclusions of the Council of the European Union (Official Journal of the European Communities C 235 of 17 June 1994) concerning cooperation in the field of archives. It has flourished and is now an association of members from public sector, research, and private sector organisations across the EU states and includes the EC.
DLM is an acronym for document lifecycle management.

Further Information is available via Frau Dr. HĂ€nger (koblenz@barch.bund.de) in the Bundesarchiv.
written by: Philipp Höhler (2005-04-04)
 
Stuttgart concept for long-term archiving of digital data
The city of Stuttgart has worked out a concept for the long-term archiving of digital data. Involved in this concept were the municipal archive, the department of information and communication technology and the company "Unilog Systems Integration GmbH". This concept is available for other archives for internal usage. For further information (only in German) please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-03-24)
 
German Bundestag proves digital course of business
The German Bundestag will prove electronic contribution and allocation of printed papers. For this the rules of internal procedure have been changed. Bills, motions and resolutions could be digital and could have a digital signature. The archiving requirements should be regarded in the test stage. Here you can get more information (only in German).
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-03-23)
 
Long-term archiving in the digital age. The UNESCO-Charta for retaining the digital cultural heritage and Austrian strategies
On the 9th of March 2005 a conference took place at the Austrian national library in Vienna about the topic: "Long-term archiving in the digital age. The UNESCO-Charta for retaining the digital cultural heritage and Austrian strategies".
A primary goal of this conference, which was organized by the ÖNB as well as the Austrian UNESCO commission, was to present the urgent and internationally intensively discussed problem of the long-term safety of digital information to a broader public and to take first steps to a joint strategy in Austria. More... (only in German).
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2005-03-18)
 
Death of Dr Stewart Granger
We are sorry to inform our readers about the death of Dr Stewart Granger. He will be known to many colleagues for his work on the CAMiLEON project and publications on emulation, e.g. "Emulation as a Digital Preservation Strategy", "Digital Preservation and Emulation: from theory to practice" or "Digital Preservation and Deep Infrastructure".
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-03-17)
 
Publication of nestors first practical guide
nestor published it's first "Ratgeber" (advisor) under the title: "Nicht von Dauer: Kleiner Ratgeber fĂŒr die Bewahrung digitaler Daten in Museen". Focussing more on the practical than the theoretical side of the problem of long-term preservation this publication tries to raise awareness in small institutions (museums especially) and to give hints for "first-aid"-activities. The publication is available only in German. You may download it here.
written by: Stefan Rohde-Enslin (2005-03-16)
 
Return of the Digital and Preservation Dispatch
OCLC is pleased to announce the return of the Digital and Preservation Dispatch. The Dispatch is an email notification of recent publications and news in the fields of digitization and preservation. The Dispatch has been on hiatus since May 2004. The new editor is Laurie Gemmill (Laurie_Gemmill@oclc.org).
You can find the first new issue from 1 March 2005 here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-03-10)
 
Longtime-Preservation of genealogical research data
In a paper on risks of digital preservation of data presented at the general assembly of the Society for Family Research in Franconia held on March 5, 2005, Dr. Karl-Ernst Lupprian (General Direction of the State Archives of Bavaria) also presented the nestor project. The Society, founded in 1921 has more than 1.000 members, issues publications of its own, and manages its own archives accommodated with the State Archives at Nuremberg. The holdings - family books, registers and research results of genealogists - are digitized continuously (so far about 80.000 pages) and made accessible by a database. The digitized documents are stored as images (TIFF) on a triple set of CD-ROMs (three different brands in three locations). The database uses the international and widespread GEDCOM file format (GEnealogical Data COMmunications), of which now additionally a DTD based XML version exists. For longtime preservation detached from current devices a microfilm-based solution is under consideration.
written by: Karl-Ernst Lupprian (2005-03-09)
 
The large-scale archival storage of digital objects
The The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has issued a Technology Watch Report about the large-scale archival storage of digital objects.
"This report is intended to be of use to any digital repository that is looking at long-term archival storage issues, especially on a large scale.
This report describes the issues surrounding storage technology from the perspective of a digital repository. It covers the British Library’s thinking that led to conclusions about the design of a system for the preservation storage of digital objects, and the specific conclusions about the preservation storage architecture to adopt.
In the course of this work over 30 UK storage suppliers were interviewed, which gave a good view of the products and services available in the UK at the time, as well as of likely trends in the market and their future impact on the system."
You can find further information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-03-07)
 
Archival finding-aids must be preserved permanently
At the workshop "Archival finding-aids on the Web" that was held in Munich at February 23, 2005, under participation of 130 archivists (organized by the General Direction of the State Archives of Bavaria and the workgroup "Town Archives" of the Bavarian Congress of Municipalities) Dr. Karl-Ernst Lupprian (General Direction) pointed out that digital finding-aids must be included into longtime preservation and presented the nestor project.
written by: Karl-Ernst Lupprian (2005-03-03)
 
Archiving the World Wide Web
In November 2004 the National Library of Australia (Canberra) hosted the international conference "Archiving Web Resources". Delegates from libraries, archives, museums and other public institutions have discussed the new challenges for the long term preservation of digital cultural heritage. The need to colloborate in this regard was the most expressed issue. Initiatives such as the "International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)", "The European Library (TEL)", the "UK Web Archiving Consortium (UKWAC)", the "National Digital Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIP)" and "PANDORA - Australia's Web Archive" prove this.
On this conference "nestor – Kompetenznetzwerk Langzeitarchivierung" as well has reported on its activities.
The speakers’s conference papers and presentations as well as the conference report are now available online.
written by: Andrea Blochmann (2005-03-02)
 
30 years ago the first Personal Computer was available
In January 1975 the history of the PC started. The Altair 8800, provided with the 8-bit microprocessor 8080 from Intel, was the first commercially successful microcomputer. From this computer, available as a kit for the price of 400 Dollar, 10.000 pieces were sold.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-03-02)
 
Fedora 2.0 released
The Fedora Project announces the release of version 2.0 of the Fedora open-source digital repository software. New features include the ability to represent and query relationships among digital objects, a simple XML encoding for Fedora digital objects, enhanced ingest and export interfaces for interoperability with other repository systems, enhanced administrative features, and improved documentation.
You will find more Information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-03-01)
 
Comparison of archiving systems for digital resources
"Vergleich bestehender Archivierungssysteme" [Comparison of archiving systems for digital resources] is the title of the third volume in the series "nestor studies".
Uwe M. Borghoff and his team from Institute for Software Technology, Faculty of Computer Science at the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich have analysed off the shelve archiving software. Characteristics of the systems are presented according to an evaluation scheme, which has been developed especially for this purpose. Six out of 65 relevant systems have undergone a detailed check following the developed scheme: Digital Information Archiving System (DIAS), DigiTool, DSpace, EPrints, Fedora and MyCoRe. Bavarian State Library, a partner institution of nestor, has supervised the study.
The German language study can be accessed here.
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2005-02-23)
 
CASHMERE-int Workshop in Goettingen from February 28th to 2nd of March 2005
CASHMERE-int hosts the first "Preservation and DC-Tools: Standards and Standardisation activities" workshop dealing with the subject of standards and standardisation activities in the fields of long-term preservation, Webservices and Semantic Web. The workshop will take place from 28th of February to 2nd of March 2005 at Goettingen State and University Library. For more information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-02-18)
 
Problems at Dortmund main station due to hardware reasons
Problems concerning long-term preservation in the broadest sense could be noticed daily at Dortmund main station. Due to hardware problems the display panels are out of order. For more information (only in German) please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-02-18)
 
February Issue of the D-Lib Magazine published
The current issue of the D-Lib Magazine., Vol. 11, No. 2 from February 2005, contains among other things an article about The Relevance of the XML Data Format for Access to Historical Datasets and a Strategy for Digital Preservation.

written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-02-17)
 
February Issue of 'RLG DigiNews'
A current issue of the 'RLG DigiNews' newsletter is released today. This issue gives, among other, a report from the Archiving Web Resources International Conference in Australia and an introduction to the SMART technology about protecting hard disk drives.
For further information please look here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-02-16)
 
DOMEA organisation concept version 2.0 published
In October 2004 the KBSt (Center of Coordination and Consulting for Information Technology in the Federal Administration) published the version 2.0 of the organisation concept as well as several upgrading modules. Concerning long-term preservation especially two modules are of interest: "Selection and archiving of electronic files" and "Technical aspects of archiving electronical files". A likewise published glossary compiles from archival point of view various relevant term definitons.
written by: Andrea Blochmann (2005-02-14)
 
Winter edition of RecordKeeping magazine is now available
The National Archives, UK has just published a new issue of the RecordKeeping magazine.
This issue deals with topics like preservation policies, management of digital collections or the PRONOM format regestry.
You will find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-02-08)
 
Alliance for Germany's digital memory : 3 studies have been published
nestor - Network of Expertise in Long-Term Storage of Digital Information has published three studies. Memory organisations are challenged by a new and complex task: long-term preservation of digital resources. Libraries, archives and museums work together in project "nestor". Three studies about the legal framework of digital preservation activities, requirements for digital archiving systems and digitization efforts in German museums try to answer open questions. Press release (in German)
written by: Hans Liegmann † (2005-01-27)
 
Agreement upon the duplication of material protected by technical measures
Music industry and book branch sign an agreement with Die Deutsche Bibliothek upon the duplication of material protected by technical measures. They hereby meet as first branches new regulations of copyright law. Accordingly Die Deutsche Bibliothek is allowed to make reproductions for own archiving, for scientific purposes of users, for collections for school or educational purposes, for instruction and research as well as of works that are out of print.
You can find the press report here
written by: Andrea Blochmann (2005-01-24)
 
New Issue of 'What's new in digital preservation'
The current Issue No. 9 (July - December 2004) of the newsletter 'What's new in digital preservation' has just been published by PADI and the DPC.
It was compiled by Michael Day of UKOLN, University of Bath, and Gerard Clifton of the National Library of Australia.
You can reach the current issue here and here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-01-21)
 
Expertise "Digitalisierung und Erhalt von Digitalisaten in deutschen Museen" published
The basis for this study are answers from about 1.200 German museums. It's title translates into "Digitisation and the Preservation of the Digitised in German Museums". The study describes the situation and gives indicators to understand the level of awareness regarding long-term preservation of digital data in German museums. Very few museums have yet decided on plans of action to keep their data for a long time.
You can download a german PDF version of the expertise here.
written by: Stefan Rohde-Enslin (2005-01-19)
 
D-Lib Magazine featured Article about Format Migration of Preserved Web Content
The current issue of the D-Lib Magazine., Vol. 11, No. 1 from January 2005, contains among other things a detailed article about the experiences with the migration of preserved web content in the context of the LOCKSS Program. Here you can reach further information.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2005-01-18)
 
ICSU report "Scientific Data and Information"
The International Council for Science (ICSU) has published the report "Scientific Data and Information" (December 2004), a report of its Committee on Scientific Planning and Review. The report is wide-ranging covering all aspects of the data and information lifecycle including the need for long-term management and preservation. The pdf can be downloaded from here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2005-01-05)
 
German translation of a RLG DigiNews article
In the article „Capturing Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images“ (RLG DigiNews, Vol. 8, 2004, Nr. 5) Robin L. Dale and GĂŒnter Waibel describe the importance of capturing technical metadata to preserve digital images. Technical metadata assure that the information content of a digital file can be accessed over time: Provenance and history of an image (production metadata) can be documented and it is also assured that the image data will be rendered accurately on output (to screen, print or film). Both authors present several initiatives engaged in the problems of specification, capture and collection of technical metadata. You can find the german translation of the article (published by nestor) here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-12-23)
 
EC gives grant to audiovisual project TAPE
The European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA) has received one of the subsidies granted to multiannual projects in the framework of the Call 2003 of the Culture 2000 programme of the European Commission in Brussels for its project 'Training for Audiovisual Preservation in Europe' (TAPE).
The TAPE project deals with audiovisual collections, of sound and moving images, which are an essential part of the European cultural heritage. It is aimed at cultural and research institutions that (also) hold audiovisual collections that do not, however, constitute the core of their holdings. The project's aim is (1) to promote awareness of the need to preserve audiovisual collections, (2) to provide training for professionals involved in preservation and digitisation of audiovisual materials and (3) to develop supporting training materials.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-12-22)
 
Expertise "Digitale Langzeitarchivierung und Recht" published
The expertise „Digitale Langzeitarchivierung und Recht“ discusses the legal environment of long-term preservation and availability of digital sources in Germany. The target is a definition of requirements as well as the identification of legal deficits. In this context particularly the following questions concerning the copyright are significant: The creation of an archive copy, migration of data, copy protection, individualization for single users, conditions for the access to archived ressources. You can download a german PDF version of the expertise here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-12-22)
 
Appointment of Director for Digital Curation Centre
Chris Rusbridge has been appointed Director-designate of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC), and will start full time as Director of the DCC at the University of Edinburgh on 19th February 2005. Further information you can find here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-12-20)
 
December Issue of 'RLG DigiNews'
A current issue of the 'RLG DigiNews' newsletter is released today. This issue gives, among other, a article by Rebecca Guenther (Library of Congress) on the actual developments of the PREMIS project (Preservation Metadata Implementation Strategies).
For further information please look here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-12-15)
 
Identifying Top Quality CD and DVD Media for Archiving
As part of a long-term project with the Library of Congress (LOC), the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) tested how well recordable optical disks are. The question is how can high-quality media be identified for archival applications. To address this issue, NIST, along with the DVD Association (DVDA) and several government agencies, has formed the Government Information Preservation Working Group. This group is working with the optical disk industry to set requirements for archival quality CD and DVD recordable media and to specify to the industry the minimum number of years that recordable CDs and DVDs need to last to meet their requirements. NIST researchers also are developing a test that media manufacturers can use to determine whether the CDs and DVDs meet the criteria for archival use.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-12-14)
 
The National Archives Standard for record repositories
The National Archives (UK) is pleased to announce the publication of The National Archives Standard for record repositories. The new National Archives Standard is the recognised benchmark for caring for records and providing access to them. This new Standard also includes guidance on the preservation of digital and electronic records. For further information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-12-10)
 
Release of DigiCULT Issue 7: The Future Digital Heritage Space - An Expedition Report
This DigiCULT report summarises the results of an expedition into the possible future of digital heritage in the next 10-15 years. It is based on contributions from researchers, heritage experts and professionals to a DigiCULT online forum as well as the project's ongoing research. The report is available here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-12-09)
 
JISC Digital Repositories Programme: Initial Announcement
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) will be issuing a call for proposals early in 2005 in the area of digital repositories. This will be a two to three year programme of work to help the learning and research community move forward with all the issues involved in setting up and using digital repositories.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-12-08)
 
Judge Dismisses Challenge to 4 Laws That Archivists Say Skew Concept of Copyright
A federal judge has ruled against legal scholars and archivists who challenged current copyright law in hopes of making it easier to archive old literature and films on the Internet, where they would be available free to the public. The case, Kahle v. Ashcroft, pitted two archive groups - The Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, and the Prelinger Archives, which preserves films - against the U.S. Justice Department. The archivists argued that four copyright laws are collectively keeping people from gaining access to "orphan" works: out-of-print books, old films, and academic articles that have little or no commercial value. For further information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-12-03)
 
Release of DigiCULT.Info Issue 9
The recent release of the DigiCULT newsletter DigiCULT.Info includes Articles about themes like: Austrian digital heritage, e-readiness check for small heritage institutions, DiVA academic archive, new guides on digitisation, DSpace in a university trial, event reports.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-12-01)
 
W3C Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary
In 1994, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was created to "Lead the Web to Its Full Potential." This year, W3C celebrates its tenth anniversary. The Consortium is organizing a one-day symposium on 1 December for Members and invited guests to reflect on the progress of the Web, W3C's central role in its growth, and risks and opportunities facing the Web during W3C's second decade.
You can find more information about the celebration here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-12-01)
 
Paul McCartney steps in to save the Conservation Awards
Sir Paul McCartney has agreed to sponsor The Conservation Awards, the UK's leading awards in the conservation field, rewarding excellence and innovation in preserving our cultural heritage. His generous offer of support will secure the future of the Awards until 2009. The Awards are open to projects completed by conservators working in every heritage field. They attract entries from national and regional museums and galleries, libraries and archives, and major organisations such as the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Royal Palaces as well as smaller firms which do outstanding work. In addition, the Digital Preservation Award, new in 2004, attracts entries from across the world. For further information about the Conservation Awards please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-11-26)
 
Digital archives of "Beethoven-Haus", Bonn
The project "Digitales Beethoven-Haus" has realized a rich variety of online content, especially a digital archive and a studio for digital collections. The user is enabled to visit virtual exhibitions and to reach information about Beethoven at the digital archives. More than 5.000 objects - letters, notes, printings, pictures etc. - were digitised and provided with metadata. For further information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-11-25)
 
Seamus Ross in Conversation with Charles Dollar
On December the 6st 2004 at the University of Glasgow the Director of HATII (Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute), Seamus Ross, is in conversation with Charles Dollar (founder of NARA's first electronic records programme and international expert in digital preservation) on the Development of Thinking on Digital Preservation. For further information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-11-25)
 
German translation of the UNESCO Charter on the Preservation of Digital Heritage
On the website of the German Commission for UNESCO a nonofficial german translation of the UNESCO Charter on the Preservation of Digital Heritage is published.
The original version can be found on the UNESCO Homepage. The german translation can be found here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-11-24)
 
Report of the DPC Forum: Digital Preservation in Institutional Repositories
A Report of the 9th DPC Forum has been published on the website of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC).
The DPC Forum was a collaboration between Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL) und der British Library (BL) and discussed broadly based digital preservation in institutional repositories.
The report is accessible here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-11-18)
 
D-Lib Magazine focuses on digital preservation
The current issue of the D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 10, No. 11 from November 2004, contains some articles and conference reports concerning digital preservation. Here you can reach further information.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-11-17)
 
Report about Long-Term Retention and Reuse of E-Learning Objects and Materials published
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has published a report about the long term availability of E-Learning materials.
The study was developed by the Institute for Computer Based Learning (ICBL) and the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS).
The report "examine the factors that may affect the long-term retention and reuse of learning object and materials, and to make recommendations on how best to address these challenges."
Further information you will find here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-11-15)
 
Launch of the Digital Curation Centre
The 'Digital Curation Centre' (DCC) has celebrated the passage from setup phase into operational status with a formal launch event on November the 5th 2004 in Edinburgh. You can find further information on the 'Digital Curation Centre' (DCC) website.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-11-11)
 
JISC Announces ÂŁ1million Digital Preservation Programme
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) announced that it is making grants totaling more than ÂŁ1million to nine UK educational institutions and their partners to support digital preservation and asset management in UK Higher and Further Education institutions. For further information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-10-28)
 
British library starts email archive
The British Library is creating an archive to store the emails of the nation's top authors and scientists, as the written word is replaced by electronic messages. Emails from literary figures such as Ted Hughes, the late English Poet Laureate, will form a kind of a new digital archive. Curators have become concerned that conventional letters are becoming increasingly rare as writers and scientists abandon paper for more perishable email. The library has appointed the world's first digital manuscripts curator to collect important material that would otherwise end up as deleted items. For more information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-10-21)
 
Program of the 94th German Librarian Congress 2005 released
The program of the German Librarian Congress 2005 is released. Among other things there will be a workshop of the nestor projekt dealing with long term preservation of digital objects. Further informations you can find here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-10-21)
 
RecordKeeping - New magazin of the UK National Archives
The National Archives, UK has combined several of its newsletter publications (RM News, Places of Deposit Bulletin, HMC Newsletter and Archivista) into a new quarterly magazine called RecordKeeping.
The first issue was published in summer 2004.
You will find more information here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-10-19)
 
JISC Joins Digital Library Federation
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has joined the Digital Library Federation (DLF) as its first ally from outside the United States. The DLF, founded in 1995, is a partnership organization of 38 academic libraries and related organizations in the US that are pioneering the use of electronic-information technologies to extend their collections and services. Further information you can find here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-10-19)
 
From the Cradle to the Grave: The Digital Life Cycle - OCLC PICA Digital Collection and Preservation Workshop
OCLC PICA Digital & Preservation Resources provide libraries with the flexibility to preserve and manage digital collections via microfilming, digitising, collection management tools and archiving services. You are invited to attend the free OCLC PICA Digital Collection and Preservation Workshop being held throughout November in the following locations: London: 3rd, Bristol: 11th, Manchester: 18th, Glasgow: 25th. There are still places available on this free workshop. To attend the workshop, please send your details, number of attendees and choice of venue location to g.mcleod@oclcpica.org.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-10-18)
 
Thematic issue on preservation metadata of 'RLG DigiNews'
The new issue of 'RLG DigiNews' deals with preservation metadata.
Among other things you will find articles about the following themes:
* Capturing Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images
* PREMIS - Preservation Metadata - Implementation Strategies Update 1. Implementing Preservation Repositories for Digital Materials: Current Practice and Emerging Trends in the Cultural Heritage Community
*Editors' Interview with GĂŒnter MĂŒhlberger and Claus Gravenhorst of METAe
Further information you will find here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-10-18)
 
Washington State Digital Archives Grand Opening on October 4, 2004
"The is (...)[Americas] first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value.
Located in Cheney, WA on the Eastern Washington University campus, the new facility was designed from the ground up to host this technically complex program. The web interface and database storehouse were custom designed specifically for the Digital Archives to hold the unique and very important electronic records found throughout the state, and to provide simple, straight forward access to researchers.
The Digital Archives includes a state of the art research room, complete with computer research stations, a high tech presentation classroom and a world-class data center."
More information can be found here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-10-14)
 
DPC Directory of Digital Preservation Repositories and Services
The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has commissioned Duncan Simpson to compile a Directory of Digital Repositories and Services in the UK, intended to provide a source of guidance and information to organisations needing information relating to their own digital preservation storage needs and/or needing information about what repositories and services exist. The Directory is available from here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-10-13)
 
New DPC guidance leaflet on Contracting Out for Digital Preservation Services
The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has a new guidance leaflet on Contracting Out for Digital Preservation Services. Contracting out digital preservation services could be an attractive option, particularly for smaller organisations who lack the infrastructure to enable this to be undertaken in house. However it can be a hazardous undertaking without careful planning. The Guidance leaflet on contracting out is intended to provide a source of practical guidance and a checklist of issues to consider before drawing up a service contract. The leaflet is available here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-10-11)
 
Adobe Unifies Raw Photo Formats with Introduction of Digital Negative Specification
Adobe Systems Incorporated introduced the Digital Negative Specification, a new unified public format for raw digital camera files. The company also launched a free software tool, Adobe DNG Converter, which translates many of today's popular raw photo formats into the new .DNG file format, compliant with the Digital Negative Specification. For further information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-10-10)
 
Release of PREMIS preservation metadata report
PREMIS (PREservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies), an international working group jointly sponsored by OCLC and RLG, has released "Implementing Preservation Repositories For Digital Materials: Current Practice And Emerging Trends In The Cultural Heritage Community". This paper reports the findings of a survey focused on current preservation metadata management practices of digital preservation repositories conducted by PREMIS in Winter 2003-04. Here you can reach the report.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-10-05)
 
Library of Congress announces Awards of $15 Million on to begin building a Network of Partners for Digital Preservation
The Library of Congress is making awards totaling more than $14.9 million to eight institutions and their partners to identify, collect and preserve digital materials within a nationwide digital preservation infrastructure. The institutions will share responsibilities for preserving at-risk digital materials of significant cultural and historical value to the nation. For more information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-10-04)
 
Fujifilm, Kodak and Konica Minolta form Picture Archiving and Sharing Standard group
Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., Eastman Kodak Company and Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc. announced an agreement to develop jointly a set of open standards for the consumer imaging and electronics industries, aimed at the preservation of digital photos and motion images on CDs, DVDs and other media. As information storage technologies advance, the Picture Archiving and Sharing Standard (PASS) group's intention is to enable digital file compatibility with future playback devices, preserving the satisfying "photo experience" that consumers have enjoyed for decades. Version 1.0 of the specification and the software development kit are expected to be available early next year. For further information, please contact Tatsuo Heki of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. (thfpf@tokyo.fujifilm.co.jp), Mike Graham of Eastman Kodak Company (michael.graham@kodak.com) or Yutaka Ueda of Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc. (ytk.kmpi@konicaminolta.jp). For further information in the UK, please contact: Jenny Hodge, Fujifilm UK, +44 (0)20 7465 5852, jhodge@fuji.co.uk.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-10-04)
 
DigiCULT.Info Issue 8
A new issue of the DigiCULT.Info newsletter is published.
"For the first time, DigiCULT has devoted a section of this publication to a detailed focus on the cultural and scientific heritage work being carried out in one particular country.
DigiCULT.Info’s Content Editor, Daisy Abbott, spent a week interviewing sector professionals in France and their thoughts and experiences are presented in this special section, alongside articles and reports from French projects and events."
More Information about the EU project DigiCULT you can find here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-09-20)
 
"eSciDoc" - New project on scientific communication
The Fachinformationszentrum (FIZ) Karlsruhe und die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG) are building together an integrated communication platform for netbased scientific research. The project is founded for five years with 6,1 Million Euros by the BMBF. All aspects of scientific communication shall be included - from the production of knowledge over to the preparation and publication of results up to the storage and preservation. You will find further information here and here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-09-20)
 
New issue of 'RLG DigiNews'
A new number of the 'RLG DigiNews' Newsletter is issued. These edition from August the 15th features among other things an article about the archiving of weblogs and an interview with Clifford A. Lynch (Coalition for Networked Information, CNI).
Further information you will find here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-08-17)
 
National Archives Names Two Companies to Design an Electronic Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) names 'Lockheed Martin' und 'Harris Corporation' to design a Electronic Records Archives (ERA).
"These design contracts are valued at $20.1 million. At the end of the one-year design competition, the National Archives will select one of these two contractors to build the Electronic Records Archives, a revolutionary system that will capture electronic information, regardless of its format, save it permanently, and make it accessible on whatever hardware or software is currently in use. Over the life of the contract, it is potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars with countless positive implications for individuals, private businesses, and government organizations alike." Here you can reach further information.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-08-11)
 
German Ministry of Education and Research funds Digital Long-term Archive
The German Ministry of Education and Research funds the building of a cooperative Digital Long-term Archive (called "KOPAL") with 4 Million Euro. The direction of this project has got Die Deutsche Bibliothek, Frankfurt am Main, project partners are the State and University Library Göttingen (SUB), the Gesellschaft fĂŒr wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG) and IBM Germany. Here you can reach further information.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-08-04)
 
Historic chemistry resource made available to all Universities
JISC (the Joint Information Systems Committee) and the Royal Society of Chemistry today announced an agreement which will allow all universities in the UK to access for a peppercorn charge of ÂŁ50 the entire digital backfile of the Royal Society of Chemistry. This historic resource, covering the years 1841 to 1996, contains over 200,000 articles, all fully searchable, in some 1,200,000 pages and covers many of the most significant discoveries in the history of Chemistry. For further information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-08-02)
 
Archive of medical journals to go online
The Wellcome Trust, in partnership with the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), and the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) are joining forces to digitise the complete backfiles of a number of important and historically significant medical journals. The digitised content will be made freely available on the Internet – via PubMed Central and augment the content already available there. With funding of £1.25 million (£750,000 from the Trust, £500,000 from the JISC) the project plans to digitise around 1.7 million pages of text. The NLM will manage the project, host the archive and ensure that the digital files are preserved in perpetuity. For further information please look here. More information about the digitisation project you could get from The Wellcome Trust.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-07-29)
 
D-Lib Magazine focuses on digital preservation
The current version of the D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 10, No. 7/8 from July/August 2004, contains some interesting articles and conference reports concerning digital preservation. Here you can reach further information.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-07-23)
 
DPC-Forum: "Digital Preservation: the global context"
The DPC Forum held at the British Library Conference Centre, Wednesday 23 June 2004, discussed the international implications of digital preservation. One key theme was the need for active collaboration at every level and across sectoral and geographic boundaries. A report is available here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-07-23)
 
House of Commons Science and Technology Committee: Tenth Report
The Tenth Report of the Science an Technology Committee of the House of Commons focuses among other things on the topic digital preservation. It is outlined here: "The preservation of digital material is an expensive process that poses a significant technical challenge. This Report recommends that the British Library receives sufficient funding to enable it to carry out this work."
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-07-22)
 
40 years text processing
Forty years ago IBM delivered the "Magnetic Type Selectric Typewriter" (MT/ST). In Germany the system was sold as "Magnetband-Schreibmaschine" (MB 72). In order of that text processing came alive. Because with this system MT/ST passages could be written new and copied or shifted. For further information (in German) please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-07-06)
 
Sun Center of Excellence for Trusted Digital Repositories launched
The "Sun Center of Excellence for Trusted Digital Repositories" is a joint project of the Austrian Literature Online Consortium (ALO), Humboldt University Berlin, XiCrypt Technologies and Sun Microsystems. The partners of the Center are convinced that Trusted Digital Repositories are capable of solving the key issues of long-term preservation of digital information. For further information please look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-06-29)
 
UK Web Archiving Consortium (UKWAC) aims to boost lifespan of web materials
The UK Web Archiving Consortium (UKWAC) aims to expand the lifespan of website materials. The UKWAC (consisting of the institutions: The British Library, Joint Information Systems Committee of the Higher and Further Education Councils, The National Archives, The National Library of Wales, the National Library of Scotland and the Wellcome Trust) will work, with the permission of rights holders, on an experimental system for archiving selected key UK websites - ensuring that invaluable scholarly, cultural and scientific resources remain available for future generations. More information you can find here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-06-28)
 
The Digital Archive of the National Archives has won the first Digital Preservation Award
The first Digital Preservation Award worth ÂŁ5,000 in recognition of leadership and achievement in the developing field of digital preservation, was presented to The National Archives for its Digital Archive at a ceremony held at the British Library. As the Modernising Government Agenda aims to have all new records stored and retrieved electronically, it is crucially important that digital records will be preserved as effectively as paper ones. The Digital Archive will store important Government records, e-mails, web pages and databases.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-06-28)
 
Library of Congress announces joint Digital Preservation Project with four Universities
The Archive Ingest and Handling Test (AIHT), is designed to identify, document and disseminate working methods for preserving the the nation's increasingly important digital cultural materials, as well as to identify areas that may require further research or development. For further information look here. The AIHT is part of an initiative, led by the Library of Congress, to build a network of preservation partners through the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP).
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-06-15)
 
e-Science Curation Report - Data curation for e-Science in the UK
A finalised version of the e-Science Curation Report by Philip Lord and Alison Macdonald is now available on the JISC web site. The report is commissioned by JISC to establish the current provision and future requirements for curation of primary research data being generated within e-science in the UK.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-06-08)
 
50 years Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property
The 50th anniversary of a enjoyable event takes place in these days: At the 14th of May 1954 the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict was decided. Under the impression of the cultural loss that took place in World War II ambassadors of 56 nations met in The Hague, to negotiate measures how cultural property in museums, archives and libraries could be protected in cases of wars and armed conflicts. In Germany the "Bundesamt fĂŒr Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BBK)" is responsible for all tasks, which concern Protection of Cultural Property.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-05-12)
 
DPC Annual Report for 2002-3 now available
The first annual company report produced by the DPC covers the period from incorporation on 23 July 2002 to 31 July 2003. It was a very significant year for the DPC building on the achievements since the initiation of the Coalition in August 2002. The report is available here.
written by: Stefan Strathmann (2004-04-29)
 
Report: National Digital Preservation Initiatives
This report provides an overview of selected key national and multinational initiatives in digital preservation occurring outside North America. It examines digital preservation initiatives in four countries - Australia, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom - as well as related multinational initiatives. The initiatives were chosen in consultation with the U.S. Library of Congress (LC) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) because they were believed to be of particular relevance and interest to the U.S. National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). This study aims to put these initiatives into their national and international context and to outline major developments. It presents the key findings from the survey and details of the main initiatives in each country. For further information look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-03-03)
 
Declaration on Access to Research Data from Public Funding
The OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy met at Ministerial level on 29-30 January 2004 in Paris. The Ministers recognised that fostering broader, open access to and wide use of research data will enhance the quality and productivity of science systems worldwide. They therefore adopted a Declaration on Access to Research Data from Public Funding, asking the OECD to take further steps towards proposing Principles and Guidelines on Access to Research Data from Public Funding, taking into account possible restrictions related to security, property rights and privacy. For further information look here, Annex 1.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-03-03)
 
New UK Centre to Help Secure the Future of Digital Data (5th February, 2004)
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the eScience Core Programme announced funding of some ÂŁ1.3m a year for a Digital Curation Centre, based on collaboration between the Universities and the Research Councils. Working with other practitioners, the Curation Centre will support UK institutions to store, manage and preserve these data to ensure their enhancement and their continuing long-term use. The aim of the Centre is to provide a national focus for research into curation issues and to promote expertise and good practice, both national and international, for the management of all research outputs in digital format. Led by the University of Edinburgh, the Digital Curation Centre will be run by a consortium of four partner institutions: the University of Edinburgh (Informatics, Law, Information Services and leading research institutes) and the University of Glasgow (HATII and Information Services), which together host the National eScience Centre; UKOLN, at the University of Bath; the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC - which operates the Rutherford and Daresbury Laboratories). For further information look here.
written by: Matthias Schulze (2004-03-03)
   
 
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