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Preserve Materials Through Library, Archival or Museum Services

Keywords:  Preserve

Activity Definition(s)

Once research or creative materials have been obtained or created, and possibly analyzed and considered, they often need to be preserved for future use by the original scholar/artist or others.  Typically the contents and metadata describing the contents are preserved together.

A separate activity, Preserve materials in a digital storage facility, has been defined for what might be called "do it yourself" preservation, that is, preservation that might not be mediated by the services of a professional Library, Archive or Museum staff.

In contrast, this activity assumes that preservation is mediated by the services of professional Libraries, Archives or Museums (or "LAMs" - see note at the end).  So, many of the steps that might otherwise be called for in "do it yourself" mode are assumed to be handled by the service being invoked here.

  • Provide objects to be preserved, and/or locations of objects to be retrieved for preservation.  (It is possible that the LAMs staff might retrieve objects from specified locations and may perform digitization services on non-digital objects.  Of course, objects may be physical artifacts that need to be preserved in physical form as well.)
  • Provide and/or review provisional metadata.  (This may be mostly generated/captured by the LAMs staff, depending on the service, perhaps with a review cycle with the submitter.)
  • Receive confirmation that the object(s) and associated metadata have been preserved by LAMs staff using their services.

Scholars' Stories (scenarios)

  • LINKS to Scholars' Stories

Tools (examples)

----Optional: examples of tools that perform some part or all of the defined activity, ideally with links to relevant project or vendor web sites

Tool name

What it does

Relevant links


DATAstor is a "proto-demonstrator" within the Tools & Content Partners working group, proposed by John Laudun.

"The contents of DATAstor will be materials collected by humanities field researchers, which can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • oral texts: oral histories, myths, legends, anecdotes, jokes, songs, proverbs, dites, etc.
  • material artifacts: houses, tools, boats, etc.
  • performances: festivals, rituals, marketplace interactions"


Digital Record Object Identification


File format registry for digital content review




Related Collections/Content (examples)

----Optional: examples of collections / digital content / digital resources that could be involved in part or all of the defined activity, with links to relevant repository or site where available

Collection/content name

Collection/content description

Relevant links













Applicable Standards or Standards Bodies

----Optional: examples of standards or standards-bodies applicable to the defined activity

Standard name / body

What it governs/regulates/standardizes - What it's for

Relevant links

PREMIS (PREservation Metadata Implementation Strategies)

Metadata standard for encoding preservation Information










Notes, comments, related activities, concerns

Originally this was known as "Preserve materials using library or museum services."

As an aside, LAMs are nicely summarized in a recent paper "Beyond the Silos of the LAMs - Collaboration among Libraries, Archives, and Museums" by Diane Zorich, Günter Waibel and Ricky Erway at Interesting document!

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