About Us

The Indiana University Libraries-Bloomington 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 at any time with questions or for advice on projects.

 BPDL on Github


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

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.

Information 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

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

Established Workflows

Accession Procedure for Disk Images

Accession Procedure for Non-Disk Items

Born Digital Transfer Via Box 

Staff Guidelines and Procedures

Accession Number Creation Guidelines 

University Archives Procedures

Internal Workflows (staff only)


Contact the BDPL

Born Digital Preservation Lab | bdpl@indiana.edu

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

Luke Menzies, Digital Preservation Assistant | lmenzies@indiana.edu