Deciding which tools to use and approaches to take to perform assessment can be a difficult decision. There are complex standards, like ISO 16363, more lightweight technology and infrastructure guidance like NDSA’s Levels of Digital Preservation (LoDP), internally devised audits, and others. Each approach and tool is valued in our digital preservation arsenal, but deciding which one makes the most sense for one’s institution at a given time and place can be difficult to determine.
AVPreserve is happy to announce the release of the results of our recent study (on behalf of…
Metadata is an integral component of digital preservation and an essential part of a digital object. Files without appropriate metadata lack the basic means required for computing systems and humans to understand, interpret, or manage them. Effectively, there is no preservation or meaningful access
The reality is that every system is vulnerable to this type of error regardless of its cost. And no matter how small the error, it is not an acceptable occurrence in a preservation transfer. The nature of digital interstitial errors makes them very difficult to identify using currently available methods and tools, and the truth is that they are often missed and overlooked. In short, the community needs better tools to identify and respond to errors such as these.
But this should not lead to a defeatist attitude; we should continue to take our higher responsibilities and standards seriously. This is why I say we do The Best Option at the Time, not Good Enough, because the ethics and standards of our field should not allow us to settle.
Archivists have to know a lot. Probably a lot more small details than any one person can keep in mind. (Do you have all of the Kodak edge codes memorized?) Standards, guidelines, and best practices provide necessary reference and give a structure to our work that we need.
Among the directives in Congressional legislation establishing the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board…