The Indiana University Libraries
' Born Digital Preservation Lab
Please see our documentation below for further information. Feel free to contact us at any time with questions or for advice on projects.
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
Links for Collection Owners
Here you will find information on how to work with the BDPL in order to image and ingest your born digital content
Guidelines for how the BDPL determines what workflow to apply to in preserving a new collection
Training and Best Practices
General information for prioritizing physical media in archival processing workflows
How to identify sensitive data and how it can be imaged and stored
Guidelines for how to properly handle and store physical media
Staff Guidelines and Procedures
Internal Workflows (staff only)
(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.
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