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Preserve a visualization or a model

Keywords: Preserve

Activity Definition(s)

Visualizations or digital models of an artifact, archeological site, geographic region, event, performance or analysis can be captured and digitally preserved for reconstruction, dissemination or further analysis and refinement.  These might be VRML models, 2-D or 3-D CAD objects, map representations or GIS datasets, holographic projections, or others.  Much intellectual work, data and computation may go into generating such visualizations and models, and the results may be preserved for others to access and build upon.

  • Determine scope of preservation - is it only the resultant digital object, or all inputs and manipulations which created the visualization or model?
  • Identify the necessary components to be captured and how to capture them.
  • Obtain copies of all the necessary components.
    • Input parameters
    • Data and metadata
    • Software package(s) or links to them (and version information)
    • Methods and procedures used
    • Resultant digital objects comprising the visualization or model
    • Other supporting documentation.
  • Assemble, edit and verify the components, especially if the inputs to the visualization or model are being captured, to insure the resultant digital objects are properly recreated.
  • Migrate components to more durable formats as needed.
  • Preserve materials in a digital storage facility.

Scholars' Stories (scenarios)

Tools (examples)

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

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Applicable Standards or Standards Bodies

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

This was originally titled "Preserve a visualization of an artifact, event, performance, etc. (e.g., VRML models)."  Also included are two other activities which seemed to fit here, originally titled "Store maps" and "Store GIS data sets."

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