Rethinking digital preservation : definitions, models, and requirements

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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.

digital preservation, OAIS Reference Model