Are we there yet?

Friday, August 5th, 2016

As I’ve been writing this post, I’ve had Michael Jackson’s Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ in my head. You too? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about organizations who […]

Digital Preservation Standards: Using ISO 16363 for assessment

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

This presentation, given by Amy Rudersdorf at the 2016 American Library Association’s Preservation Administrator’s Interest Group meeting, provides a higher level discussion of the use of standards for […]

The proof is in the standards pudding

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

There are a lot of numbers in this post. This song by Kraftwerk might be useful: “Pocket Calculator.” We talk a lot about assessment in the digital preservation […]

AV Archives Night 2016: Call for submissions

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

  Following on the success of AV Archives Nights in 2014 and 2015, AVPreserve announces the third annual AV Archives Night to take place at the Society of […]

Possession is nine-tenths of the law. Metadata is nine-tenths of possession.

Friday, March 18th, 2016

In a sea of digital information, it is no longer about who owns the hardware. The physical location of the server is not what defines possession. Possession is restricted to those with the appropriate metadata (e.g., credentials, permissions), which grants them access; and, the ability to derive value is constrained to those who have metadata that will help them find and use the content.

Applying Digital Preservation Standards for Assessment and Planning

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

In this presentation, Bertram Lyons demonstrates a methodology for employing the ISO 16363 standard for Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Repositories as a tool that can be used to […]

What is the chemistry of digital preservation?

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

When we develop preservation strategies for paper-based materials an essential consideration is the underlying chemistry of the physical materials themselves. Paper is an organic compound, made of cellulose […]

Exactly: A New Tool for Digital File Acquisitions

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Exactly is a simple and easy to use application for remotely and safely transferring any born-digital material from a sender to a recipient.


Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Building on work originally begun by the Gates Archive, AVPreserve and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries developed Exactly to meet the growing need for archives to acquire born digital content directly from donors and to begin the activities of establishing provenance and fixity early in the process of acquisition. Read more about how the Nunn Center is using Exactly here.

Fixity Tutorial

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Fixity Tutorial OVERVIEW A short how-to and introduction to AVPreserve’s Fixity tool, a free, open source application that can support organizations or individuals by providing automated review, documentation […]