Additional Reading

Top 10 Recommended Resources

  1. Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems, Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS), Magenta Book, June 2012.
  2. Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and Responsibilities, An RLG-OCLC Report. May 2002.
  3. Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation, Educopia Institute ed. Nancy Y. McGovern. 2012.
  4. Jones, Maggie, and Neil Beagrie. Preservation Management of Digital Materials: A Handbook. 2008.
  5. Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI), National Library of Australia.
  6. PREservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies
  7. Harvey, Ross. Digital Curation: A How-To-Do-It Manual. 2010.
  8. LIFE: Life Cycle Information for E-Literature.
  9. Preserving Digital Information: Report of the Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information. The Commission on Preservation and Access and RLG. 1996.
  10. Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet. The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access. 2010.

E-Journals and Blogs Covering Digital Preservation

D-Lib Magazine

First Monday

RLG DigiNews - Archived articles available

DPC/PADI What's New in Digital Preservation

The Ten Thousand Year Blog

Digitization 101

The Signal

International Journal of Digital Curation

Additional Resources

Arts and Humanities Data Service. A Strategic Policy Framework for Creating and Preserving Digital Collections.

Bailey, Charles W. Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography. 2012.

British Library Digital Preservation Strategy, 2013 - 2016.

Byrnes, Margaret. "Assigning permanence levels to NLM's electronic publications."

Capturing Analog Sound for Digital Preservation: Report of a Roundtable Discussion of Best Practices for Transferring Analog Discs and Tapes, March 2006.

Cornell University Electronic Student Records Systems Project Report. 2000.

Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital preservation publications.

Digital Curation Exchange

Data Dictionary - Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images NISO Z39.87-2006 AIIM 20-2006.

Digital Library Federation, follow links for preservation and publications and resources.

Digital Preservation Europe

Digital Preservation in a Box

Digital Preservation Needs and Requirements in RLG Member Institutions. RLG. 1998.

Digital Preservation Training Calendar (NDIIP)

ERPANET: ErpaTools – Cost Orientation Tool

Into the Future: On The Preservation Of Knowledge In The Electronic Age. 1998.

Lee, C.A., et al. BitCurator: Tools and Techniques for Digital Forensics in Collecting InstitutionsD-Lib Magazine 18, No. 5/6, May/June 2012.

Metadata Standards Framework - Preservation Metadata. National Library of New Zealand, 2002.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission, Electronic Records Projects.

National Library of Australia, "Guidelines: Managing Web Resources for persistent access."

PREMIS Data Dictionary

Preservation Metadata for Digital Objects: A Review of the State of the Art. White paper by the OCLC/RLG Working Group on Preservation Metadata, March 2001.

Producer-Archive Interface Methodology Abstract Standard (CCSDS), June 2004.

Reiger, Oya, Preservation in the Age of Large-Scale Digitization, September 2007.

Ross, Seamus. "Changing trains at Wigan: Digital preservation and the future of scholarship," February 6, 2001 Online National Preservation Office (NPO).

Russell, Kelly and Ellis Weinberger, Digital Preservation Cost Centers. 2006.

Selection and Collaboration in Digital Preservation: An RLG-JISC Symposium, March 24-25, 2003.

Submission Information Package (SIP) Specification, Version 1.0 Draft. Harvard E-Journal Archive. December 19, 2001.

UC-Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE, Collection and Preservation Policy.

Waibel, Günter. Like Russian Dolls: Nesting Standards for Digital Preservation.

Notable Digital Preservation Projects


Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) Preservation Management of Digital Materials.

Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval (CASPAR)

Creative Archiving at Michigan and Leeds: Emulating the Old on the New (CAMiLEON)

CURL Exemplars in Digital Archives (CEDARS)

Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries (DELOS)

Digital Curation Centre (DCC)

Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)

Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research (DRIVER)



Florida Digital Archive

Harvard University Library Digital Initiative

InterPARES Project (International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems)

JHOVE2 Project

JISC Digital Preservation and Curation Projects

Kulturarw Heritage Project

Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe (LOCKSS)

PANDORA (Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia)

PeDALS (Persistent Digital Archives and Library System)

PLANETS(Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services)

National Archives and Records Administration Electronic Records Archives

National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP)

OAIS (ISO Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System)

OCLC OAIS-Compliant Metadata

San Diego Supercomputer Center and Chronopolis

San Diego Supercomputer Center and Storage Resource Broker (SRB)

Sustainability of Digital Formats, Planning for Library of Congress Collections

Topical Resources

Obsolescence & Physical Threats

File Formats

Arms, Caroline R. and Carl Fleischhauer, "Digital Formats: Factors for Sustainability, Functionality, and Quality," DLF Forum, November 17, 2003.

Brown, Adrian, Selecting File Formats for Long-Term Preservation, The National Archives (UK), 2008.

California Digital Library. Digital File Format Recommendations, 2011.

Library of Congress. Sustainability of Digital Formats, 2013.

LeFurgy, William G. "PDF/A: Developing a File Format for Long-Term Preservation," RLG DigiNews, December 15, 2003.

Pearson, David, and Colin Webb. "Defining File Format Obsolescence: A Risky Journey." International Journal of Digital Curation 3, no. 1 (2008): 89-106.

PRONOM. UK National Archives' online source for information about file formats and software products.

Recommended Data Formats for Preservation Purposes in the FCLA Digital Archive.

Rosenthal, David S. H. "Format Obsolescence: Assessing the Threat and the Defenses." Library Hi Tech 28, no. 2 (2010): 195-210.

Care and Handling of Media
Brown, Adrian, Care, Handling and Storage of Removable Media (PDF), The National Archives (UK), 2008.

Byers, Fred R., Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists, National Institute of Standards and Technology and Council on Library and Information Resources, 2003.

Image Permanence Institute, Media Storage Quick Reference. 2009. Advice on controlled storage of analog and digital media.

Preserving Magnetic Media, National Archives of Australia, 2013.

Media Selection
Brown, Adrian, Selecting Storage Media for Long-Term Preservation, The National Archives (UK), 2008.

Vasilev, Mike. The History of Digital Storage. 2011.

Disaster Avoidance and Recovery, Backup
Ross, Seamus and Ann Gow, Digital Archaeology: Rescuing Neglected and Damaged Data Resources, Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) University of Glasgow, 1999.

Financial Resources

4C Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation. 2013.

Russell, Kelly and Ellis Weinberger, Digital Preservation Cost Centers. 2006.

Zorich, Diane M. A Survey of Digital Cultural Heritage Initiatives and Their Sustainability Concerns, June 2003.

Louis A. Pitschmann, Building Sustainable Collections of Free Third-Party Web Resources. June 2001.

ERPANET: ErpaTools – Cost Orientation Tool,2003

LIFE Project. 2009.

Prestospace A/V Archive Digitisation & Storage Guide, Analysis Tools

Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet. The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access. 2010.

Disaster Planning

NEDCC Disaster Planning Leaflets

A Primer on Disaster Preparedness, Management and Response: Paper-Based Materials

ICPSR: Disaster Planning

Independent Media Arts Preservation: Disaster Planning and Response

PORTALS (Portland Area Library System): Disaster Prevention and Recovery Template Plan

Minnesota State Archives: Disaster Resources

Heritage Emergency National Task Force Resources for Disaster Planning and Response

dPlan: The Online Disaster-Planning Tool


Library of Congress NDIIP, JISC, OAK Law Project, and the SURFfoundation. International Study on the Impact of Coypright Law on Digital Preservation (2008) (pdf)

Association of Research Libraries. Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. (2012)

Section 108 Study Group. The Section 108 Study Group Report (2008) (pdf)

Coyle, Karen. "Rights in the PREMIS Data Model: A Report for the Library of Congress." Library of Congress. (2006) (pdf).

Stanford University Libraries. Copyright and Fair Use.

Hirtle, Peter. "Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States." (2016)

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). "Intellectual Property Law." (2014).

Gasaway, Laura. "America's Cultural Record: A Thing of the Past?" 40 Hous. L. Rev. 643 (2003).

Russell, Carrie. Complete Copyright: An everyday guide for librarians.

Library Law

June Besek, Copyright issues relevant to the creation of a digital archive: a preliminary assessment (Washington, D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources and the Library of Congress, 2003).

Catherine Ayre and Adrienne Muir, "The Right to Preserve: The Rights Issues of Digital Preservation" D-Lib Magazine, March 2004, Volume 10 Number 3.

Register of Copyrights, Library of Congress. Report on Orphan Works (2006) (pdf).