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Info about the lab

Practices and Procedures

Accession Procedure

Safe Handling Procedures

Accession Number Creation Guidelines

Contact

Heidi Dowding, Digital Preservation Librarian | heidowdi@indiana.edu | (812) 856-5295

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Overview

The Indiana University Libraries' Born Digital Preservation Lab (BDPL) contains equipment and software to assist with the preservation of born-digital assets that have been stored on legacy physical media or otherwise transferred to the Library. 

Using the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems's Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (now ISO 14721) as a foundation, the BDPL's current procedures (as of August 2019) include: 

  • Migration of content off removable physical media (or network storage locations) using tools that will ensure the authenticity and integrity of materials.
  • Content analysis to detect viruses and malware; detect sensitive information; and identify file formats.
  • Creation of standardized Submission Information Packages (SIPs) comprised of digital content and associated technical, descriptive, and preservation metadata.
  • Provide an opportunity for collecting units to conduct a review and appraisal of content.
  • Transfer of SIPs to the Scholarly Data Archive for secure storage.

Moving forward, the Indiana University Libraries will implement additional tools and workflows to run on these SIPs and produce both Archival Information Packages (AIPs) for long-term preservation and Dissemination Information Packages (DIPs) for user access.

Set-Up and Procedures

The following pages provide additional information on workstation set up and performance of BDPL procedures.

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BDPL Resources

BDPL Ingest Tool: https://github.com/IUBLibTech/bdpl_ingest

Current template for unit shipments to the BDPL: TEMPLATE-Digital-Archives_Inventory-Workflow_20191029.xltx

Sample plain text file for separations: separations.txt