'OAIS Introductory Guide (2nd Edition)' DPC Technology Watch Report by Brian Lavoie now available

Published by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) in association with Charles Beagrie Ltd., this report looks back on the development, features and impact of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model, one of the core standards of digital preservation.

OAIS Introductory Guide (2nd Edition) is the latest in the state of the art DPC Technology Watch Reports that give an advanced introduction to ensuring that high-value and vulnerable digital resources can be managed beyond the limits of technological obsolescence.  In the report, OCLC Research Scientist Brian Lavoie describes the OAIS, its core principles and functional elements, as well as the information model which supports long-term preservation, access and understandability of data—highlighting the in-built level of abstraction which makes it such a widely applicable foundation resource for digital preservation.

The first of the DPC Technology Watch reports, Introduction to OAIS, was also written by Brian Lavoie. The second edition updates and expands this first report, providing an excellent introduction to the OAIS for those new to digital preservation and resource for practitioners wishing to re-acquaint themselves with the basics of the model, supplemented by the wisdom of a decade of research, development and implementation.

The not-for-profit DPC is an advocate and catalyst for digital preservation. The coalition ensures its members can continue to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through knowledge exchange, capacity building, assurance, advocacy and partnership. Its primary objective is raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues. The DPC Technology Watch Reports support this objective through an advanced introduction to topics that have a major bearing on its vision to "make our digital memory accessible today."

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For more information:

Brian Lavoie
Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research