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metrics regarding the size
and scope of the problem;
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finance to research and
implement digital preser-
vation;
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new skill sets for imple-
menting digital preserva
tion, e.g. running the
multiplicity of hardware/
software involved, digital
conservation/archaeology;
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agreed international
approaches to digital
preservation
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practical models to match
the high level conceptual
work already undertaken
internationally
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co-operation/collabora-
tion between the
wider range of agents
potentially able to assist in
developing digital preservation
solutions, e.g. the computing
industry;
- and, last but not least, clarity around
intellectual property, copyright, privacy
and moral rights.
The next step for the Library is an
external review of its activities to date to
gauge whether these activities are consi-
stent with mainstream thinking and
whether current initiatives are capable of
being extended through to a successful
conclusion for the Library.The review
will hopefully validate current progress or
highlight areas of deficiency. It will also
provide a benchmark for ongoing devel-
opment and consequently strengthen the
eventual outcomes for digital library
development within the National Library
of New Zealand.
The aim of the above activities is for
the Library to be acknowledged as a
`trusted repository'
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for digital material
which ensures the viability and authenti-
city of digital objects over time.While the
current work of the Library may enable it
to resolve issues relating to the integration
of digital resources into its normal busi-
ness practices, it is clear that this does not
automatically ensure that the Library
fulfils the requirements of a `trusted
repository'.The Library will also have to
develop relationships with other
organisations that might wish to achieve
`trusted repository' status in a country
with a small population base and few
agencies of appropriate size, funding and
willingness to take on the role.
There are still a number of important
issues to be resolved before the Library's
preservation programme can be deemed
a success, including the need for:
- higher level of awareness of the need
for digital preservation
within the community of `memory
institutions'and more widely;
The programme currently under way
includes the following activities:
- development and implementation of
business process workflows, e.g. selec-
tion, acquisition, care and handling,
transformation of physical originals;
- development of infrastructure for digital
material, e.g. upload process, storage,
access, authentication;
- purchase and implementation of a meta-
data repository for provision of portal
services to the Library's applications;
- creation of a testbed application for
researching and implementing a range
of digital library activities, resource
discovery metadata, preservation meta-
data (schema, extraction, storage),
persistent identifiers;
- piloting Web harvesting for the capture
and preservation of New Zealand based
and related Web sites;
- implementation of production processes
for bulk digitisation of textual materials
and piloting full text search and retrieval.
Process
Acquisition
Dissemination
Copying
Simple Object,
eg. digitised
image
MAKE
COPY
CREATE
Secure copy
Cataloguing/
Arrangement/
Description
Dissemination
Source
CREATE
Dissemination
Formats
Dissemination
Source
CREATE
Preservation
R
esponsib
ility
Curator, Digital
Archivist,
Acquisitions
Digital Library
Administrator,
Digital Archivist,
Team Leader Copying &
Digital Services,
Conservator Sound
Recordings
Digital Library
Administrator,
Digital
Archivist
Curator, Digital
Library
Administrator,
Cataloguer
Digital Library
Administrator,
Digital
Archivist
Digital Library
Administrator
Preservation
Master
The Preservation Master in the Digital Archive Workflow
Complex Object,
eg. CD/DVD
This working copy provides
the basis for cataloguing,
arrangement (logical rather
than physical) and
description.
Dissemination
Formats
Dissemination
Formats
Dissemination
Formats
Preservation
metadata
Working copy
Object Group,
eg. manuscripts
on disk
All preparatory work
has been undertaken,
and object is ingested
into the Digital Archive
This diagram shows a simplified Digital Archive workflow and the place of the Preservation Master and
preservation metadata within it.
12Research Libraries Group. 2002.Trusted digital reposi-
tories: Attributes and responsibilities. Mountain View, CA:
Research Libraries Group. http://www.rlg.org/
longterm/repositories.pdf. Last accessed 15 October 2002.