Issues and Approaches to Preservation Metadata (
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Michael Day
Joint RLG and NPO Preservation Conference

OAIS - Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (
NASA, Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS)
original request 1995
conceptual framework for a complete, generic archival system, with a specific focux on long-term preservation

specifically: CCSDS-650.0-R-2 (PDF) (
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Cedars (
Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL) - universities of Leeds, Oxford and Cambridge
The Cedars Project is a Higher Education initiative funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee. It officially began on the 1st April 1998. The funding was awarded to the Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL) and the work is carried out on behalf of CURL by three CURL institutions - Leeds, Oxford and Cambridge.
    Cedars stands for "CURL exemplars in digital archives" and the main objective of the project is to address strategic, methodological and practical issues and provide guidance in best practice for digital preservation. It will do this by work on two levels - through practical demonstrator projects which will provide concrete practical experience in preserving digital resources and through strategic working groups based on broad concepts or concerns which will articulate preferences and make recommendations of benefit to the wider community. The main deliverables of the project will be recommendations and guidelines as well as practical robust and scaleable models for establishing distributed digital archives.

other Documents: Review of metadata for digital preservation (

InterPARES (
University of British Columbia
The InterPARES Project (International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems) is a major international research initiative in which archival scholars, computer engineering scholars, national archival institutions and private industry representatives are collaborating to develop the theoretical and methodological knowledge required for the permanent preservation of authentic records created in electronic systems.

UKOLN - metadata (
University of Bath
UKOLN is a national centre for digital information management. It provides services to the library, information and cultural heritage communities.
    The focus of the metadata group at UKOLN is to review current approaches to resource description and to look at future options for metadata in the wider context of resource discovery.

Introduction to Metadata - Pathways to Digital Information (
Murtha Baca (eds)
Getty - Research Institute
A profound introduction to metadata issues with contributions from Anne Gilliland-Swetland, Tony Gill, and Mary Woodley

Metadata Resources (
International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)
A collection of links to notable resources concerning metadata in Digital Libraries.

METAe - The Metadata Engine Project (
Universitšt Innsbruck; co-funded by the European Commission
METAe will develop application software focusing on the automatic recognition and extraction of metadata from printed material, especially books and journals.

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Tod Shacklett
16 April 2001
Integration of various formats into collections in Libraries and Information Centers.
    Also has an interesting reference to statistics about document life-time.

Review of metadata for digital preservation, and general digital preservation activites (

The Life of a URL (
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Lycoming College, Snowden Library
May 2001
Includes a short summary of "URLs: Uniform Resource Locators or Unreliable Resource Locators" by C.A.Germain (College + Research Libraries. 61(4). 359-365)

National Standards, Metadata (
Publication of Archival Library + Museum Materials

Victorian Electronic Records Strategy (
Australia Victoria
The Victorian Electronic Records Strategy has been developed by the Victorian government to preserve the electronic records of the state for the long term. The Strategy is auspiced by Public Record Office Victoria (PROV). PROV is the state's archival authority and has the function of managing Victorian government records (via standard setting and provision of archival services) and preserving the state's heritage.

CORC - Co-operative Online Resource Catalog (