PREMIS Maintenance Activity advances work begun by joint OCLC-RLG working group

Following publication of the award-winning PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata in May 2005, the PREMIS Maintenance Activity, with financial support provided by the Library of Congress, has commissioned two consultancies to move the PREMIS work forward.

Karen Coyle is undertaking a study of rights issues related to the preservation of digital  materials, with an emphasis on the metadata requirements needed to document and manage these rights in a digital preservation repository setting. Deborah Woodyard-Robinson is compiling guidelines and recommendations for implementing the PREMIS Data Dictionary in the context of a set of common digital preservation use cases.

In other work, Brian Lavoie of OCLC is authoring a document that will place the PREMIS Data Dictionary in the context of the OAIS Reference Model. Rebecca Guenther of the Library of Congress is compiling a registry of institutions currently exploring implementation of the Data Dictionary in their own repositories. Discussions are underway with the UK Digital Curation Centre to arrange one or more DCC training events in the UK on use of the PREMIS Data Dictionary. PREMIS organizers are also discussing how the £5000 prize for the 2005 Digital Preservation Award might best be used to fund future PREMIS activities that will advance the definition and use of preservation metadata.

The PREMIS Implementers' Group discussion list has more than 100 subscribers. Current discussion is focused on how the PREMIS Data Dictionary and XML schema can be used in conjunction with METS.

More Information

PREMIS Maintenance Activity

Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: Final Report of the PREMIS Working Group (May 2005) (PDF:3.2MB/237pp.)

PREMIS Working Group

For more information:

Brian Lavoie
Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Bob Bolander
Communications & Programs Manager
OCLC Research