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Useful Resources


Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems, Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS). Blue Book (January 2002).

Beedham, Hilary, et. al., Assessment of UKDA and TNA Compliance with OAIS and METS Standards (Essex: UK Data Archive, 2005).

Holdsworth, David and Sergeant, Derek M, 'A Blueprint for Representation Information in the OAIS model', Cedars Project, University of Leeds website.

Lavoie, Brian F., 'The Open Archival Information System Reference Model: Introductory Guide', DPC Technology Watch Series Report, 04-01 (January 2004).
Note: A good introduction to the OAIS model.

Lynch, Clifford, 'Institutional Repositories: Essential infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age', ARL Bimonthly Report, 226 (February 2003).

RLG-NARA Digital Repository Certification Task Force, Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC), ( OCLC and CRL, February 2007).

Research Libraries Group and National Archives Records Administration, An Audit Checklist for the Certification of Trusted Digital Repositories: Draft for Public Comment (RLG, August 2005).

Key digital preservation directories

There are many useful sources of information about digital preservation available online. To avoid duplicating the efforts of other organisations, we have limited this list to key directories which are an excellent point of departure for discovering more about digital preservation activities in the UK, Europe and internationally.

DPC - Digital Preservation Coalition (

The DPC was established in 2001 to encourage collaborative effort in addressing the challenge of preserving digital resources in the UK. In addition to its advocacy and education work, the DPC conducts surveys, publishes reports and organises forums on topics of interest. The DPC's website includes a directory of projects underway at member institutions and hosts the online edition of Preservation Management of Digital Materials: A Handbook.

DCC - Digital Curation Centre (

Funded by the JISC and the UK Research Council's e-Science programme, the DCC aims to support creators, curators and re-users of digital data. The Centre provides a national focus for research and development into digital curation issues and promotes expertise and good practice by disseminating information through various channels, including workshops on different aspects of digital curation. The DCC's website boasts a host of useful features including a calendar of relevant events; the DCC Associates Network and Forum; a catalogue of tools; and a helpdesk and advisory service. A Data Curation Manual and a peer-reviewed journal, The International Journal of Digital Curation, are also under development.

ERPANET - Electronic Resource Preservation and Access Network ( and DPE - Digital Preservation Europe (

Established with European Commission funding in 2001, ERPANET provided information and advice to those interested in digital preservation techniques and best practice; ERPANET resources continue to be accessible at the project's website. Highlights of the website include erpaDirectory, a listing of digital preservation resources; erpaEvents, a series of expert workshops and seminars on digital preservation issues; and erpaGuidance, a collection of guidance tools. Digital Preservation Europe builds on the work of ERPANET by fostering collaboration between several digital preservation initiatives across Europe.

PADI - Preserving Access to Digital Information (

PADI is a gateway to international digital preservation resources. Maintained by the National Library of Australia, the website allows users to browse resources by type or topic. PADI is also 'safekeeping' resources deemed to be of long-term value by bringing these together within the NLA's PANDORA web-archive, where they will remain accessible for the long-term.