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Rethinking digital preservation: definitions, models, and requirements

Thomas C. Wilson (University Libraries, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to clarify a mechanism for determining the robustness of digital preservation options given that the field has matured and contains a number of alternatives.

Design/methodology/approach

By examining the component activities of digital preservation, the open archival information system (OAIS) reference model and the trustworthy repository certification process, this paper outlines a possible new model for evaluating the caliber of any particular digital preservation mechanism.

Findings

This paper offers a more ordered and prescriptive model for evaluating digital preservation efforts.

Research limitations/implications

As a review of the OAIS reference model is underway, this paper seeks to contribute to that ongoing discussion to address several issues lacking in the current model and its effect on the certification process.

Originality/value

This paper identifies weaknesses in current practices and offers a model for addressing them.

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Acknowledgements

The author would like to acknowledge Jody DeRidder, The University of Alabama, and Aaron Trehub, Auburn University, for their review and comment on drafts of this article.

Citation

Wilson, T.C. (2017), "Rethinking digital preservation: definitions, models, and requirements", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 128-136. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-08-2016-0029

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2017, Thomas C. Wilson