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Preserve Textual Materials

Keywords: Preserve

Activity Definition(s)

Textual materials in a variety of forms, marked up or not, are often the focus and output of scholarly activity and often need preservation for future discovery, consideration and reuse.  (This activity deals with textual materials in textual format; scanned digital images of textual materials are covered in another activity, Preserve Audiovisual Materials.  Also, any markup needed is not included here, as that would be another activity - likely Mark Up an Object Using a Formal Grammar.)

  • Collect (all components of) the textual materials.
  • Perform any media or format conversion as needed.
  • Establish the intellectual-property rights situation over the textual materials.
  • Obtain any necessary third-party permissions.
  • Capture appropriate medatata, licensing/reuse information, credit requirements, and embargo/special-access needs.
  • Preserve materials in a digital storage facility.

Scholars' Stories (scenarios)

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


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


"Unicode provides a unique number for every character, no matter what the platform, no matter what the program, no matter what the language. The Unicode Standard has been adopted by such industry leaders as Apple, HP, IBM, JustSystems, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Sun, Sybase, Unisys and many others. Unicode is required by modern standards such as XML, Java, ECMAScript (JavaScript), LDAP, CORBA 3.0, WML, etc., and is the official way to implement ISO/IEC 10646. It is supported in many operating systems, all modern browsers, andmany other products. The emergence of the Unicode Standard, and the availability of tools supporting it, are among the most significant recent global software technology trends.
"Incorporating Unicode into client-server or multi-tiered applications and websites offers significant cost savings over the use of legacy character sets. Unicode enables a single software product or a single website to be targeted across multiple platforms, languages and countries without re-engineering. It allows data to be transported through many different systems without corruption."


"The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is a consortium which collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form. Its chief deliverable is a set of Guidelines which specify encoding methods for machine-readable texts, chiefly in the humanities, social sciences and linguistics. Since 1994, the TEI Guidelines have been widely used by libraries, museums, publishers, and individual scholars to present texts for online research, teaching, and preservation. In addition to the Guidelines themselves, the Consortium provides a variety of supporting resources, including resources for learning TEI, information on projects using the TEI, TEI-related publications, and software developed for or adapted to the TEI."

PREMIS (PREservation Metadata Implementation Strategies)

Metadata standard for encoding preservation Information




Notes, comments, related activities, concerns

This was originally called "Store Texts."

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