PREMIS—Preservation Metadata Implementation Strategies

This activity is now closed. The information on this page is provided for historical purposes only.

Objective: To develop and recommend best practices for implementing preservation metadata.

Overview: This project has been a joint effort of RLG and the library consortium OCLC. Preservation metadata is information that supports digital preservation processes. A key component of archival systems, metadata helps to ensure that digital materials remain usable over the long term.

Following publication of the PREMIS Working Group's preservation metadata dictionary, a maintenancy activity was launched for that guide and supporting XML implementation schemas, hosted by the Library of Congress. Work is underway to develop a maintenance agency, to fund inter-institutional PREMIS operability testing, and to apply the results to revisions of the data dictionary and XML schemas.

  • PREMIS Maintenance Activity Web site: Includes a listserv open to members of the PREMIS implementor community.
  • PREMIS Web site: The primary site for the PREMIS working group and its products. 

In 2005 PREMIS working group won the prestigious UK Digital Preservation Award. At the ceremony held at the British Library, award judges stated they "were impressed by the work PREMIS has done in compiling a 'data dictionary' identifying core digital preservation metadata, which they have supported with practical examples and a software protocol. A key factor in the decision was the international scope of PREMIS, and the consensus building and collaboration that is so crucial in so many digital preservation issues."

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.