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Preserve materials in a digital storage facility

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.

  • Receive digital object(s) to be preserved
  • Verify file format(s)
  • Receive metadata for each object and the overall package
  • Receive packaging / object relationship map
  • Receive or perhaps assign necessary license(s) to the package
  • Assign unique, possibly permanent identifier(s) to the package
  • Capture accessioning information (date/time, submitter, etc.)
  • Compute any appropriate checksums or other preservation information
  • Store the resultant package in the digital storage facility
  • Return the assigned identifier(s) and other status information
  • Etc. - see the OAIS Reference Model below for details.

For digital materials there are many technical options for storage and preservation.  (Examples include digital content management systems or repositories, relational database systems; Resource Description Framework stores; and distributed, column-oriented stores.)

Scholars' Stories (scenarios)

Tool name

What it does

Relevant links

Fedora Commons

digital repository system


digital repository system


digital repository system


digital content management system


relational database management system


Resource Description Framework store


distributed, column-oriented store


lightweight digital collection management system


digital collection management system


digital collection management system


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

Standard name / body

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

Relevant links

OAIS Reference Model

Specifies a set of functions needed for a digital repository

PREMIS (PREservation Metadata Implementation Strategies)

Metadata standard for encoding preservation Information


How to package/express the contents of compound information objects





A lightweight protocol for deposit into a repository

Dublin Core

commonly-used metadata standard for digital collections

Notes, comments, related activities, concerns

This replaces these four original Activity Names:

  • "Preserve materials in a digital content management system such as Fedora Commons or Nuxeo"
  • "Preserve materials in a relational database" 
  • "Preserve materials in an RDF store"
  • "Preserve materials in a distributed, column-oriented store (e.g., Hadoop)."

All "Theme Group: Preserve" activities share these qualities:

  • Address sustainability issues inherent in any preservation endeavor
  • Address the tension between reasonably sustainable storage resources and the desires of some/many to 'preserve everything'
  • Address copyright constraints
  • Address versioning (preserve versions of an artifact when appropriate)
  • Address methods for determining when a set of preserved materials should be deaccessioned
  • Provide for notification of appropriate, interested individuals and communities when a digital collection's sustainability or accessibility is threatened
  • Preserve materials in conformity with broadly accepted standards, such as ISO's OAIS (Open Archive Information System) standard
  • Preserve materials in such a way that they can be found when needed (cf. "Discover" and "Annotate" theme groups)
  • Preserve materials such that appropriate access controls are in-place
  • Preserve context, accommodating ambiguous (fuzzy) context
  • Avoid needless duplication of digital resources when preserving materials
  • Migrate digital materials from deprecated (or soon-to-be-deprecated) to supported formats, for which tools and practices will continue to exist that render the digital record for human comprehension
  • Migrate digital materials from deprecated (or soon-to-be-deprecated) to supported storage technologies (e.g., repositories, databases)

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  1. Unknown User (

    Hi Jim, I agree with treating the four original activities as a single activity. One could see this activity as just involving the act of deposit of archive copies of created or obtained or analysed or considered materials in a trusted repository;with an acknowledgement of receipt and return of an appropriate persistent identifier for future reference; or it could involve all the activities needed by the client application to package up the content and metadata for submission; and by the repository to process, acquit and ingest it on receipt. In practice, the deposit service does seem to be a single technical interface involving a Submisison Information Package and a deposit protocol like OAI-ORE or Sword; but it needs to be supported by a range of other technical services at either end.