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Preservation Guidance

NDSA Digital Preservation in a Box. This guide provides assistance on preservation issues by content type. It further provides information about specific tools and resources for practitioners. 

JISC Sustainability Health Check Tool for Digital Content ProjectsA survey document that helps you to think about the issues related to the long-term sustainability of your digital collections.

Digital Preservation Tools and Software

Digital Preservation POWRR Tool Grid. A comprehensive guide for locating tools based on the type of content you have and your specific needs. A great place to start.

Community Owned Preservation Tool Registry (COPTR) Wiki. Connected to the POWRR Tool Grid, the COPTR Wiki provides detailed information on digital preservation tools.

Reference Guides and Glossaries

Digital Preservation Coalition's Knowledge Base. DPC offers great resources and content-specific guides that are invaluable to developing expertise in digital preservation topics.

NDSA Digital Preservation Glossary. This reference document provides accessible definitions for digital preservation jargon.

Information and Resources By Topic


Digital Preservation Ecosystem. For new professionals, ILS students, and others interested in the field of digital preservation, the Digital Preservation Ecosystem page provides some high-level information about organizations, projects, and resources available.

Formats and Media. For guidance on the selection of appropriate file formats for long-term preservation and access, see the File Formats Guide.

Metadata. While metadata practices and schemas are generally field- and project-specific, there are many resources available online to assist in selecting the appropriate metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies, and defining necessary documentation. The IU Libraries' Metadata Analyst also provides consultation hours through the Digital Collections Services Unit.

Authenticity and Integrity. Authenticity and integrity are two of the most integral concepts in digital preservation activities. Authenticity focuses on the provenance of a digital object (that it is what it says it is, and was authored by who it says authored it) while integrity focuses on the ongoing usability of that object (that it has not become corrupted over time). This CLIR report by Clifford Lynch provides more in-depth explanations of the concepts and their applications.

OAIS and Preservation Actions. The Open Archival Information Systems (OAIS) Model was created as a means of standardizing best practices for long-term storage of digital objects. The Digital Preservation Coalition provides a useful starter guide to understand more about it and how to apply OAIS.


Attending a Training at Indiana University Bloomington. Contact Heidi Kelly for information about upcoming trainings, or to schedule a one-on-one or group training about a specific topic within digital preservation.

Web Trainings and Resources. This page contains links to web training resources that have been gathered and created by the Indiana University Libraries' Digital Preservation Unit.

Digital Preservation Libguides. The Digital Preservation Unit has created several resource guides that provide further reading and links for those interested in digital preservationdigital forensics, and information security.

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