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New Preservation Metadata

“OCLC Research Scientist Brian Lavoie and Richard Gartner from King’s College London co-authored this second edition of Preservation Metadata, which focuses on new developments in preservation metadata made possible by the emergence of PREMIS as a de facto international standard. The complete report is available from the Digital Preservation Coalition website – it will be of interest to digital preservation practitioners interested in learning about key issues in implementing preservation metadata (especially in the context of the PREMIS Data Dictionary), as well as anyone seeking to learn more about the general topic of preservation metadata.

Key highlights from the report include:

  • Preservation metadata and the PREMIS Data Dictionary are part of best practice for digital stewardship
  • Recent preservation metadata work has shifted focus from conceptual issues to implementation issues
  • Many advances in implementation have been made possible by the emergence and take-up of PREMIS
  • PREMIS revisions include expanded support for rights metadata and extensibility
  • Advances have been made in using PREMIS with METS, and several implementation tools have emerged
  • PREMIS resources include: implementation registry, vocabularies, OWL ontology, conformance statement
  • More work is needed to identify best practice from preservation metadata implementation experiences
  • More work is needed to assess the costs and benefits of preservation metadata.”

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