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Class Handouts:

DSpace database schema (dates to 1.3):

NEW Most recent DSpace database schema (covers 1.6):

NEW Digital File Capture Protocol (DRAFT): INF392Kcaptureprotocol-1-1.doc

DSpace QDC metadata:

Inventory document:

Mailer SIP agreement:

ISAD-G archival description metadata to DSpace mapping document:

METS cheatsheet (permits an inside look at the METS schema):

Preprocessing steps before ingest:

DSpace Ingest Worksheet: Metadata items needed on manual ingest:

DSpace Batch Import document:

NEW DSpace batch ingest Dublin Core XML document: DSpaceBatchIngest-DublinCoreXML.doc

NEW UTDR mandatory DC elements: UTDRMandatoryElements.doc

Batch Ingest Handout:

Omnibus metadata slideset:

Digital archaeology slideset "What to do with the bits?":

Materials Pertinent to Digital Archaeology:

Collaborative Electronic Records Project: Evaluation of Tools:

Representation and Rendering Project, University of Leeds. "Survey and assessment of sources of information on file formats and software documentation." This review of file format repositories will be of help if you are dealing with strange file formats or are formulating a recommendation for long-term tracking of file-format expertise. Available at:

General Resources:

Several significant resources for digital preservation exist online and should be actively used.

NEW Chris Lacinak, "A Primer on Codecs for Moving Image and Sound Archives," just released: AVPS_Codec_Primer.pdf

NEW The Digital Curation Center's latest report on the state of the art in Web Archiving has just been published:

The Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI) site (, maintained by the National Library of Australia, is indispensable and its cooperative notion of "Safekeeping" is worth study in itself.

There is also now a German preservation site that goes under the name of the Nestor project (English version:; they are cooperating with PADI but have additional materials for Germany.

The British National Archives PRONOM file-format registry site is available at It includes a collection of useful tools from all over the planet for extracting metadata, detecting file formats, etc.

Anne Marie Donovan, Maria Esteva, Addy Sonder, and Sue Trombley, "Proposal for Establishment of a DSpace Digital Repository at the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin," final report for 2003 INF 392K class, focus on archiving the iSchool website and appraisal decisions made.
Find the paper here, plus appendices A, B, C, and D.

Carlos Ovalle has provided this link to the UT ITS document on what they refer to as "data classification" (for "sensitivity"/security considerations) :
This information should be taken into account when considering IP issues with the collections you will be working with.

In 2004 Galloway wrote this overview of digital object preservation:
Patricia Galloway, "Preservation of Digital Objects", volume 38 (2004), Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Chapter 11, 549-590. Available on e-reserves.

Here is a useful PPT outline of the basics of OAIS and the state of adoption and development in 2004, By Michael Day, University of Bath:

You may also want to check the contents of several online publications regularly, as they tend to carry useful articles on developments in digital preservation (and they also should be venues in which you aspire to publish)--some have listservs and increasingly there are RSS feeds available:


Journal of Digital Information (JoDI):

RLG DigiNews: moved in the OCLC merger, but if you have a citation to track down or want to browse, see:

First Monday:

E-Reserve, online readings for class

Richard Pearce-Moses, A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology, is on the SAA website in draft form:

Project-oriented resources (note: if you find useful resources, please let me know so they can be included here):

Digital Audio

Library of Congress projects report from the UT Sound Savings conference (see the whole proceedings of this);

Library of Congress information on digital audio formats:

National Archives information on audio file formats (such as it is):

And a pretty encyclopedic entry from Wikipedia:

See Dr. Winget's fall 2007 Survey of Digitization readings on digital audio, especially the main readings (scroll down to October 26) here:

David Rosenthal, Thomas Lipkis, Thomas Robertson, Seth Morabito, "Transparent Format Migration of Preserved Web Content," D-Lib Magazine, January 2005. This article focuses on a method used in the LOCKSS system. Available at

Faculty Papers

SHERPA site listing the self-archiving policies of many journal publishers:

Nancy Foster and Susan Gibbons, "Understanding Faculty to Improve Content Recruitment for Institutional Repositories," D-Lib Magazine, January 2005. Available at

Elizabeth Gadd, Charles Oppenheim, and Steve Probets ( 2003 ) RoMEO Studies 3: "How academics expect to use open-access research papers." This may be useful for faculty projects as it provides data to underpin the kinds of usage rights for faculty papers that peer readers might need. Available on the E-Lis open-access server.

Nancy Deromedi, "'Where you collect the treasures of learning and learned men, you cannot fail of a University': Documenting Faculty in the University Archives at the University of Michigan," report from the ICA conference 2004, online at:

Important Digital Preservation Projects

Reagan Moore et al., "Collection-Based Persistent Digital Archives--Part 1," D-Lib Magazine ( March 2000): and "--Part 2," D-Lib Magazine, (April 2000):

William E. Underwood, "Analysis of Presidential Electronic Records: Final Report," available at: This is a notable example of a very visible digital archaeology project (carried out for NARA).


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