The Unified Digital Format Registry (UDFR) has been released to the public. The UDFR is a reliable, publicly accessible, and sustainable knowledge base of file format representation information for use by the digital preservation community. The UDFR seeks to “unify” the function and holdings of two existing registries, PRONOM and GDFR (the Global Digital Format Registry), in an open source, semantically enabled, and community supported platform. The UDFR was developed by the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL), funded by the Library of Congress as part of its National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP).
Check out the project’s website to read further details and to review the project’s Final Report.
AIMS has just released its new white paper titled “AIMS Born-Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship.” The AIMS Project is a partnership between the University of Virginia Libraries, Stanford University Libraries and Academic Resources, the University of Hull Library, and Yale University Library with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project evolved around a common need among the project partners — and most libraries and archives— to identify a methodology or continuous framework for stewarding born-digital archival materials.
Between 2010 and 2011 the Belgian Archipel Project did research on digitization, digital preservation, the possibilities of creative commons licences for the cultural sector and the strategic possibilities and choices for the Flemish cultural sector. The project website contains links to videos they released on YouTube relating to digital preservation, as well as project reports relating to digital archiving.
In 2010 the Federal Agencies Digitization Initiative (FADGI) – Still Image Working Group titled published “Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials: Creation of Raster Image Master Files.” As stated in the guidelines, “some of the primary objectives of these guidelines are to: provide an approach to digitization that is practical today, describe technical parameters that promote a “well-defined” imaging environment, provide a consistent approach to imaging and metadata collection that will be appropriate for a wide range of outputs and purposes, and define a common set of quality or performance metrics to be used in describing and evaluating the digital object, as well as methods of validating those measures to defined requirements.”
Mike Kastellec from the North Carolina State University Libraries just released a pre-print of a new article titled, “Practical Limits to the Scope of Digital Preservation.” As stated in his abstract, “technological limitations to digital preservation have been addressed but still exist, and that non-technical aspects— access, selection, law, and finances— move into the foreground as technological limitations recede. The author proposes a nested model of constraints to the scope of digital preservation and concludes that costs are digital preservation’s most pervasive limitation.”