The sites below offer useful information, guidance and IT resources on digital preservation. Although we strive to keep those links up to date, sudden, unannounced changes in URLs may occur beyond our control.
PERICLES (Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics) is a four-year Integrated Project (2013-2017) funded under FP7, which addresses accessibility and preservation of digital content in an environment subject to continual change. It is the results of this project which have initiated the PRESERVEWARE portal.
Digital Preservation Handbook by the Digital Preservation Coalition
Identifies good practice in creating, managing and preserving digital materials. Provides a range of practical tools to help with that process.
PREFORMA – PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives project
A Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission, under its FP7-ICT Programme. The Open Source Portal is a section that provides an overview and references to each open source project currently working in the prototyping phase.
A non-profit organisation dedicated to keeping audio-visual content alive. Offers online registries and services, publications on a range of technological, organisational, economic and rights-related issues, a leading innovation magazine, training and major events around the globe.
Open Preservation Foundation
The foundation sustains technology and knowledge for the long-term management of digital cultural heritage, in all its forms. Founded in 2010 under the PLANETS project, it operates today as a limited company, supporting its members through memberships. OPF stewards software which they consider mature under their software maturity model. Most products featured in the portal are those developed by the OPF members.
Curation Costs Exchange
Established by the 4C consortium it is now maintained and governed by the DPC. It is a community resource, with content contributed by digital curation specialists who use and gain value from it. The emphasis is on the estimation of the cost of curation and not on tools, although a list of tools and vendors is available via a short template including links.
The institute was founded in 2006, as a not-for-profit organisation, to host MetaArchive (http://www.metaarchive.org) and other collaborative programs that help cultural memory organisations create, preserve and make accessible their digital assets. Since then it has evolved into a strong institution with a mission to build networks and collaborative communities to help cultural, scientific, and scholarly institutions achieve greater impact. Digital Preservation is among the research areas of the Institute. Educopia is linked to the BitCurator Consortium and the MetaArchive Cooperative below.
This is a library-led digital preservation organisation and a distributed digital preservation network that ensures that today’s digital collections will be available to tomorrow’s scholars, researchers, and citizens. MetaArchive is governed and run by its membership, which comprises an international array of more than 50 libraries and archives.
The BitCurator Consortium has emerged out of the BitCurator projects (2011-2016), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These projects have developed, packaged and documented open-source digital forensics tools to allow libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) to extract digital materials from removable media in ways that reflect the metadata and ensure the integrity of the materials, allowing users to make sense of materials and understand their context, and preventing inadvertent disclosure of sensitive data.
PRONOM is the National Archives’ technical registry and is intended to encompass a range of tools, and services to support digital preservation functions such as preservation risk assessment, migration pathway planning, object identification and validation, and metadata extraction. DROID (Digital Record Object Identification) is the software tool developed by the National Archives to perform automated batch identification of file formats. It is the first in a planned series of tools developed by the National Archives under the umbrella of its PRONOM technical registry service and is a platform-independent Java tool, available as open source.
Digital Curation Centre (DCC)
The tools and services in the catalogue concern software and services that directly perform curation and management tasks, classified under five major categories, based on the intended user and the stage of the data lifecycle in which it will be most useful. Sub-categories contain tables for quick comparison of tools against others that perform similar functions, linked to in-depth descriptions of how the resource can help.
Digital Curation Exchange
http://digitalcurationexchange.org (Link broken, last accessed on: 27-10-2016)
The Digital Curation Exchange serves practitioners, researchers, educators, and students of digital curation in a variety of issues such as events, jobs, resources, questions and discussions. It is supported by IMLS funds awarded to the Closing the Digital Curation Gap Project and was initiated under the DigCCurr II project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science.
POWRR Tool Grid – POWRR project
POWRR is a digital preservation project conducted by US universities in the state of Chicago, which has also compiled a Tool Grid jointly with the Northern Illinois University (2013). The OAIS model/standard has been used for the categorisation of the tools. Development work has now been incorporated in COPTR as part of a collaboration between the Digital POWRR Project and the COPTR consortium.
Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry (COPTR)
Describes tools useful for preservation and acts primarily as an extensive repository for practitioners to select and evaluate tools. The amalgamation with the Tool Grid of POWRR, resulting in an enriched tool Grid and an Uber Grid is a powerful feature which helps users select in accordance to their needs.
DuraSpace is a wiki, which provides a framework for user communities to build references and resources, with links pointing to home pages for various technology wikis such as Dspace, Duracloud, Fedora, Hydra, Islandora and others. It also allocates personal spaces to people.
Library of Congress registry
The Library of Congress’s digital preservation tools registry is a selective list of tools and services, which however is no longer being actively maintained and content is integrated in COPTR
National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)
The National Digital Stewardship Alliance, hosted by the Digital Library Federation, is a consortium of 165 partnering organisations, including universities, professional associations, businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organisations, all committed to the long-term preservation of digital information. Members work together to preserve access to our national digital heritage.
Digital Cultural Heritage Roadmap for Preservation (DCH-RP)
The Digital Cultural Heritage Roadmap for Preservation (DCH-RP) tools registry collected and described information and knowledge related to tools, technologies and systems that can be applied for the purposes of digital cultural heritage preservation. Version 3 of the registry was created in 2014. The portal was created by a coordination action of FP7 (2012-2014).
Alliance Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe Network (APARSEN)
APARSEN collects details of preservation related software, examples of data, and the evidence of preservation linking software to types of data. Some of this evidence comes from specific testbeds but much comes from user scenarios. The resource is now maintained by the Alliance for Permanent Access (APA).
Old Inventory of FLOSS in the Cultural Heritage Domain
Produced by the EU funded Europeana project, this inventory has listed free open source software which may be of use in the cultural heritage sector. Content is not limited to digital preservation tools; it also extends to technical support and links to project information and source code.
A list of open source tools selected by the AVPreserve company of particular use in the long term preservation of audio visual materials, both digitised and born-digital.
International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)
The International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) aims to acquire, preserve and make accessible knowledge and information from the Internet for future generations everywhere, promoting global exchange and international relations.
Saving the Digital World
A site focussing on the broad and deep issues surrounding preservation of digital information. It appears that there has been no content update or maintenance since 2012, however.
A site dedicated to digital records management and the Digital Preservation Capability Maturity Model (DPCMM), a tool that can be used by practitioners to conduct gap analysis of organisations’ current capabilities to preserve and provide access to long-term electronic records and to delineate a multi-year roadmap of incremental improvements.