Digital Preservation Affiliations
Digital Publications and Presentations
This web site is no longer active and will not be further updated. It is being retained for historical purposes only. The Digital Preservation Officer position no longer exists within Cornell University Library.
RLG/OCLC Working Group on Digital Preservation: Defining a Sustainable Digital Archive
Anne R. Kenney serves on the RLG/OCLC Working Group on Digital Preservation: Defining a Sustainable Digital Archive. This international committee has defined its goals, identified an international membership, and agreed upon key resources to inform its work. It is anticipated the Working Group will be actively engaged in the development of requirements in the coming months.
CLIR, ARL, ULG, and RAP Study on the State of Preservation Programs in American College and Research Libraries
Anne R. Kenney is director for a joint project of the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Association of Research Libraries, the University Libraries Group, and the Regional Alliance for Preservation to study the state of preservation programs in American college and research libraries. A key component of that study is to assess digital preservation policies, programs, and institutional readiness.
OCLC-RLG Preservation Metadata Working Group
Oya Rieger has been a member of the OCLC-RLG Preservation Metadata Working Group. Within the context of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model, the group aims to develop a set of "essential" preservation metadata elements, drawing on the work of current digital archive projects and metadata experts. The group produced draft documents on Content Information and Preservation Description Information.
The Archival Workshop on Ingest, Identification, and Certification Standards (AWIICS) is part of the ISO Archiving Workshop Series. AWIICS is coordinating a series of follow-on activities of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) development initiative. Nancy Y. McGovern will be assisting Bruce Ambacher at the National Archives in mapping current certification activities. The mapping will support the definition of next steps for developing an action plan for digital archives certification.
Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe (LOCKSS)
Project Prism is participating in the beta test of the LOCKSS system. Nancy Y. McGovern is the contact for this project, which is being conducted by Stanford Libraries with partial funding from NSF and Sun Microsystems. LOCKSS is an experimental system that allows libraries to preserve access to the web-published journals to which they subscribe over long periods of time. Each library keeps local copies of the journal's pages, or libraries cooperate to detect and repair damage to their copies. If the publisher cannot satisfy a reader's request for one of these pages, the local copy will be supplied instead. Details about the system, including a published technical paper, are at the project's web site. LOCKSS is not a general-purpose Web preservation tool; rather it is specifically designed for "immutable" content such as peer-reviewed journals. The system is currently in beta test.
MetaE (Metadata Engine Project) is a research and development EU-funded project within the 5th Framework Programme. The key idea of METAe is to systematically extract metadata from the layout as well as from structural and segmental elements of books as part of the digitization process. The objective of METAe is to develop software that can extract as much metadata as possible from the layout of a book and to transform it into XML structured text. In addition to the structured text, METAe will generate descriptive Dublin Core metadata. Saving structural and administrative metadata during the digitization process and recording this information based on XML and Dublin Core is seen as one of the key prerequisites for longevity. Oya Rieger is serving on the Advisory Council of the METAe Project.
ANSI/NISO Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images Standards Committee
Technical metadata, which describes various aspects of image characteristics and the capture process, is increasingly being perceived as an essential component of any digitization initiative to ensure the longevity of digital collections. Image metadata work to date within the library and cultural heritage community has focused on defining descriptive elements for discovery and identification. The goal of the NISO Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images Standards initiative is to fill this gap by developing a generalized technical metadata standard applicable to all images regardless of their method of creation. The ultimate goal of the standard is to facilitate the development of applications to validate, process, manage, and migrate images of enduring value. Oya Rieger co-chairs this committee.