Digital preservation activities at the British Library (23-02-09)

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  • Risk Analysis Build an accurate view of digital assets, provide evidence to prioritise activities Cover physical media, software environments, disk- and file-formats Highlight: 3% of optical media have unreadable files DLP Digital Preservation Project Ensure that DLP exploits new methods and technology Provide expertise DP Change Manager Ensure that Library processes support long-term access to digital content Review and adjust content handling processes Content Stabilisation Project Stabliise legacy content on handheld media; make it ready for DLP Address media failure; damaged items, poor or inconsistent packaging Technology watch Keep up-to-date on file formats, preservation tools and technology E.g. Disk imaging, checksum
  • Digital Lives AHRC funded project, focusing on the preservation of e-manuscripts PRESERV2 JISC funded project developing demonstrator preservation services, primarily to UK HE. BL involved in an advisory role Partners include TNA, Oxford and Southampton Universities ROAR Demonstrator: http://roar.eprints.org/ (see Preserv profile options) INSPECT Developing methodology to identify and categorise the significant properties of digital objects JISC funded BL involved in an advisory role Workshop at BL PLANETS: € 15m budget, 16 partners, 4 years
  • Approach – little evidence, so develop estimation approach
  • Bit-stream preservation ► Book storage provision Content preservation ► Conservation procedures
  • Digital preservation activities at the British Library (23-02-09)

    1. 1. Richard Davies Digital Approvals Manager The British Library Digital Preservation Activities at the British Library 23 Feb 2009 www.bl.uk/dp
    2. 2. Overview of DP Activities <ul><ul><li>Internal activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>External activities - DP Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LIFE Project </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Digital Preservation Team - Internal <ul><ul><li> Digital Preservation Strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Risk Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Preservation & the Digitisation Programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Preservation Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Technology Watch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Content Stabilisation Project </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Digital Preservation Projects <ul><ul><li>Digital Lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INSPECT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LIFE > LIFE 2 > LIFE 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PRESERV2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>External to internal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Change Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DLP Digital Preservation Integration Project </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. The LIFE Model v1.1 Acquisition Selection Selection Policy Lifecycle Sub-element Lifecycle Element Lifecycle Stage Lifecycle
    6. 6. LIFE Model v1.1: Stages and Elements Check-in Inspection Obtaining Backup Reference Linking Ordering & Invoicing .... User Support Refreshment Metadata Extraction Holdings Update IPR & Licensing .... Access Control Storage Provision Metadata Creation Deposit Submission Agreement .... Access Provision Repository Admin Re-use Existing Metadata Quality Assurance Selection .... Lifecycle Elements Access Re-ingest Preservation Action Preservation Planning Preservation Watch Content Preservation Bit-stream Preservation Metadata Creation Ingest Acquisition Creation or Purchase Lifecycle Stage
    7. 7. LIFE 2 Case Studies SHERP-LEAP SHERPA-DP BL Newspapers 01101101010101011001110100110110101010101100111010011011010101010110011101001101101010101011001110100110110101010101100111010110
    8. 8. SHERPA-LEAP Case Study Mostly text-based objects Journal and conference papers, and book chapters, with only a few A/V objects currently held. Research output from the visual and performing arts perspectives. Few repositories hold this kind of material. A range of text-based materials Mostly journal and conference papers.
    9. 9. Repository Lifecycle Costs
    10. 10. http://www.bl.uk/britishnewspapers
    11. 11. Comparing Analogue and Digital Lifecycles  ? x  Lifecycle Sub-element Lifecycle Element Lifecycle Stage Lifecycle
    12. 13. Benefits of LIFE <ul><li>Assess the financial commitment for acquiring or creating new digital materials </li></ul><ul><li>More effective planning for preservation activities </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison of digital lifecycles across collections </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation and optimisation of existing digital lifecycles </li></ul><ul><li>Predictive future cost of digital preservation </li></ul>
    13. 14. Thank you. e [email_address] t +44 (0) 20 7412 7182 01101101010101011001110100110110101010101100111010011011010101010110011101001101101010101011001110100110110101010101100111010110 <ul><ul><li>Useful Websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.life.ac.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.sherpadp.org.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.sherpa-leap.ac.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.bl.uk/dp </li></ul></ul>

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