The Indiana University Libraries Born Digital Preservation Lab is part of the Digital Preservation Unit, which resides in Library Technologies (Wells Library W501). Began in January 2016, the lab aims to develop workflows and procedures to effectively preserve and manage all born-digital content owned by the Libraries, as well as to assist other IU departments and colleges. Please see our documentation below for further information. Feel free to contact us with questions or for advice on projects.
Links for Collection Owners
Information for Donors. Here you will find information on what born digital items should be accepted, how to properly transfer items, and a downloadable Born Digital Donor Transfer Agreement.
Current Format Capacities. The BDPL is currently able to manage these media format types; if yours is not on the list, please contact us to determine next steps.
Workflow Decision Matrix. Guidelines for how the BDPL determines what workflow to apply to in preserving a new collection.
Training and Best Practices
Media Format Obsolescence. General information for prioritizing physical media in archival processing workflows.
Sensitive Data and Storage. How to identify sensitive data and how it can be imaged and stored.
Suggested Safe Handling of Born-Digital Physical Media. Guidelines for how to properly handle and store physical media.
Transfer Methods for Donors
Transfer Via Box. Transfer your digital files using Box, Indiana University's cloud storage service.
Transfer Via Exactly. Transfer your digital files using Exactly, an SFTP tool which allows you to select content from your own computer, add descriptions, and send directly to the BDPL.
Established General Workflows
Accession Procedure for Disk Images (DEPRECATED). This procedure is utilized for smaller formats and items where an exact replica of the original media is needed.
Accession Procedure for Non-Disk Items. This procedure is utilized for large digital formats and items where the original media is unimportant to preservation and access.
Other Guidelines and Procedures
Internal Workflows (staff only)
Contact the BDPL
Born Digital Preservation Lab | email@example.com
Wells Library W501-D2 | (812) 856-5295
the IUL Born Digital Preservation Lab