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Laying the Foundations for Repository Preservation Services. Final Report from the PRESERV project

Laying the Foundations for Repository Preservation Services. Final Report from the PRESERV project
Laying the Foundations for Repository Preservation Services. Final Report from the PRESERV project
The PRESERV project (2005-2007) investigated long-term preservation for institutional repositories (IRs), by identifying preservation services in conjunction with specialists, such as national libraries and archives, and building support for services into popular repository software, in this case EPrints. Through the results of a survey of repository preservation policy and activity we have a better understanding of what IRs are actually doing to prepare for preservation, and this survey helps service providers to target appropriate services at repositories. PRESERV worked with The National Archives, which has produced PRONOM-DROID, the pre-eminent tool for file format identification. Instead of linking PRONOM to individual repositories, we linked it to the widely used Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR), through an OAI harvesting service. As a result format profiles can be found for over 200 repositories listed in ROAR, what we call the PRONOM-ROAR service. The lubricant to ease the movement of data between the components of the services model is metadata, notably preservation metadata, which informs, describes and records a range of activities concerned with preserving specific digital objects. PRESERV identified a rich set of preservation metadata, based on the current standard in this area, PREMIS. Important changes to EPrints software as a result of the project were the addition of a history module to record changes to an object and actions performed on an object, and application programs to package and disseminate data for delivery to an external service using either the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) or the MPEG-21 Part 2: Digital Item Declaration Language (DIDL). One change to the EPrints deposit interface is the option for authors to select a licence indicating rights for allowable use by service providers or users, and others.
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Hitchcock, Steve, Hey, Jessie, Brody, Tim and Carr, Les (2007) Laying the Foundations for Repository Preservation Services. Final Report from the PRESERV project s.n.

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Abstract

The PRESERV project (2005-2007) investigated long-term preservation for institutional repositories (IRs), by identifying preservation services in conjunction with specialists, such as national libraries and archives, and building support for services into popular repository software, in this case EPrints. Through the results of a survey of repository preservation policy and activity we have a better understanding of what IRs are actually doing to prepare for preservation, and this survey helps service providers to target appropriate services at repositories. PRESERV worked with The National Archives, which has produced PRONOM-DROID, the pre-eminent tool for file format identification. Instead of linking PRONOM to individual repositories, we linked it to the widely used Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR), through an OAI harvesting service. As a result format profiles can be found for over 200 repositories listed in ROAR, what we call the PRONOM-ROAR service. The lubricant to ease the movement of data between the components of the services model is metadata, notably preservation metadata, which informs, describes and records a range of activities concerned with preserving specific digital objects. PRESERV identified a rich set of preservation metadata, based on the current standard in this area, PREMIS. Important changes to EPrints software as a result of the project were the addition of a history module to record changes to an object and actions performed on an object, and application programs to package and disseminate data for delivery to an external service using either the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) or the MPEG-21 Part 2: Digital Item Declaration Language (DIDL). One change to the EPrints deposit interface is the option for authors to select a licence indicating rights for allowable use by service providers or users, and others.

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 March 2007
Keywords: digital repositories, digital preservation, preservation services, EPrints
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 268147
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/268147
PURE UUID: 73c62a3e-785a-4ef8-9445-1ae286ab8159
ORCID for Les Carr: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-9680

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Date deposited: 28 Oct 2009 14:47
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:56

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Author: Steve Hitchcock
Author: Jessie Hey
Author: Tim Brody
Author: Les Carr ORCID iD

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