"Digital Preservation Management" Website

Website "Digital Preservation Management: Implementing Short-term Strategies for Long-term Problems"
A tutorial developed by the Cornell University Library contains information on digital preservation in general.

InterPARES Project

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. InterPARES has developed in three phases:

InterPARES 1

Initiated in 1999 and concluded in 2001, InterPARES "focused on the development of theory and methods ensuring the preservation of the authenticity of records created and/or maintained in databases and document management systems in the course of administrative activities, and took the perspective of the preserver. . . .
InterPARES 1 focused on the preservation of the authenticity of electronic records that are no longer needed by the creating body to fulfill its own mandate, mission or purpose. The records examined were primarily textual documents produced and maintained in databases and document management systems."

All findings are presented in a book (online) entitled The Long-term Preservation of Authentic Electronic Records: Findings of the InterPARES Project.

InterPARES 2

InterPARES 2 "aims to develop and articulate the concepts, principles, criteria and methods that can ensure the creation and maintenance of accurate and reliable records and the long-term preservation of authentic records in the context of artistic, scientific and government activities that are conducted using experiential, interactive and dynamic computer technology. Scholars in the arts and sciences, archivists, artists, scientists, industry specialists and government representatives from around the world are working together to undertake the challenge presented by the manipulability [sic] and incompatibility of digital systems, technological obsolescence and media fragility and to guarantee that society’s digitally recorded memory will be accessible to future generations."

Findings for InterPARES 2 are published in a book (online) entitled
International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES) 2: Experiential, Interactive and Dynamic Records, which includes the study, "Recordkeeping Practices of Photographers Working with Digital Materials" by Marta Braun and Jessica Bushey. See also "Survey of the Record-keeping Practices of Photographers Working with Digital Materials.." under the auspices of InterPARES 2.

InterPARES 3

Begun in 2007 and continuing through 2012, InterPARES 3 builds upon the findings of its predecessors, plus other digital preservation projects worldwide. "It will put theory into practice, working with small and medium-sized archives and archival / records units within organizations, and develop teaching modules for in-house training programs, continuing education and academic curricula."


Webpage "Keeping Personal Digital Photographs" from "Personal Archiving" webpages.

Website "Sustainability of Digital Formats Planning for Library of Congress Collectionscontains information about three areas: Sustainability Factors, Content Categories, and Format Descriptions.

Website "Digital Preservation" is the home of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), Digital Preservation Outreach and Education and the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP).


The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) is based on an understanding that digital stewardship on a national scale depends on public and private communities working together. The program has engaged hundreds of organizations partners across the United States and around the world to preserve at-risk digital collections and build a distributed digital preservation infrastructure. This work is carried out through a variety of initiatives. A major current initiative is the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, which works to bring a broad array of organizations, both public and private, into partnership with the Library to support digital preservation.

National Digital Stewardship Alliance

"The mission of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) is to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve our nation's digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations. . . . NDSA members "collaborate to preserve access to our national digital heritage. The NDSA accomplishes its goals through working groups with strategic direction from the Coordinating Committee and support from the Secretariat."

NDSA Working Groups:

Digital Preservation Outreach and Education

"The mission of the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program is to foster national outreach and education to encourage individuals and organizations to actively preserve their digital content, building on a collaborative network of instructors, contributors, and institutional partners."

DPOE conducts six primary activities:

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the Higher and Further Education Funding Councils and the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Digital Images Archiving Study (March 2006) primarily addresses reservation of digitized images, but also discusses born-digital images. "The report argues that consideration must be given in the digital image preservation process to the users of those images, and must also engage with the creators of image collections wherever possible." It also "recommends that JISC move away from "a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to preservation and investigates a range of different approaches that reflect the requirements for the future community of users, as well as the more prosaic technological requirements."

Moving Digital Images and Sound Archiving Study (August 2006)

JISC Digital Media

Website covering production resources and workflow best practices with eye toward preservation and digital asset management (DAM).

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Expanding Acceptable Transfer Requirements: Transfer Instructions for Permanent Electronic Records
Digital Photographic Records Issued November 12, 2003

The Personal Archives Accessible in Digital Media (PARADIGM) project was a collaboration between the major research libraries of the universities of Oxford and Manchester "to explore the issues involved in preserving digital private papers through gaining practical experience in accessioning and ingesting digital private papers into digital repositories, and processing these in line with archival and digital preservation requirements."