Digital preservation related papers

Current papers and presentations

2013

'Oh, you wanted us to preserve that?!' Statements of preservation intent for the National Library of Australia's digital collection.
Colin Webb; David Pearson; Paul Koerbin

Getting the whole picture: Finding a common language between digital preservation and conversation
Douglas Elford; Lisa Jeong-Reuss; Somaya Langley; Melanie Wilkinson

Testing Software Tools of Potential Interest for Digital Preservation Activities at the National Library of Australia
Matthew Hutchins

'If a tree falls in the forest': recording and sharing digital preservation knowledge on formats, software and dependencies at the NLA.
David Pearson

The Adventures of Digi: Ideas, Requirements and Reality
David Pearson

2011

What are some of the things that the 'Feds' are doing about Digital 'Stuff'?
David Pearson

Almost There: Simple Strategies for Partial Preservation of Complex Digital Works (Presentation) (Paper )
Somaya Langley presented at the 2011 AICCM Conference, October, held at the National Library of Australia
(NB: While this discusses digital preservation approaches, this reflects the views of the author and not those of the National Library of Australia.)

2010

"Land of the Lost": A Discussion of What Can Be Preserved Through Digital Preservation
A paper by Nick Del Pozo, Andrew Stawowczyk Long and David Pearson published in Library Hi Tech, Vol. 28, Issue 2, 2010.

Library Continues Work With the IIPC
An article by David Pearson in National Library of Australia Gateways, no. 103, March 2010.

2009

Prometheus: Managing the Ingest of Media Carriers
A paper by Nicholas del Pozo, Douglas Elford and David Pearson, National Library of Australia for DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, April 1-3, 2009.

Mediapedia: Managing the Identification of Media Carriers
A paper by Nicholas del Pozo, Douglas Elford and David Pearson, National Library of Australia for DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, April 1-3, 2009.

DigCCurr 2009 Digital Curation Tools and Demos II- Mediapedia and Prometheus
A presentation by David Pearson, Manager Digital Preservation Section, National Library of Australia at DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, April 1-3, 2009.

Preserve or Preserve Not, There is no Try: Some Dilemmas relating to Personal Digital Archiving
A presentation by David Pearson, Manager Digital Preservation Section, National Library of Australia given at DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, April 1-3, 2009.

2008

Shooting to Computing
A presentation by Douglas Elford, Digital Preservation Section, National Library of Australia to the Museums Association of NSW Working Spaces 2 gathering at St Clements Monastery, Galong, NSW, 1 November 2008.
(demonstrates methods for low cost image capture, cataloguing and digital asset management intended for small museums and historical societies)

Mediapedia: Managing Physical Format Media
A presentation by Douglas Elford, Digital Preservation Section, National Library of Australia at the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Annual Conference, 18 September 2008.
(describes a prototype database classifying and recording information about physical format materials)

Media Matters: Developing Processes for Preserving Digital Objects on Physical Carriers at the National Library of Australia
Paper by Douglas Elford, Nicholas del Pozo, Snezana Mihajlovic, David Pearson, Gerard Clifton and Colin Webb, National Library of Australia at World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council, Québec, Canada, 10-14 August 2008.

Defining File Format Obsolescence: A Risky Journey
An article by David Pearson and Colin Webb, National Library of Australia, originally published in International Journal of Digital Curation, Vol 3, No 1, 2008.

What is the Mediapedia?
Presentation by Douglas Elford and David Pearson, Digital Preservation Section, National Library of Australia at the Innovative Ideas Forum, hosted by the National Library of Australia, 10 April 2008.

The Australian METS Profile - A Journey About Metadata
An article by Judith Pearce, David Pearson, Megan Williams, National Library of Australia and Scott Yeadon, Australian National University published in D-Lib Magazine Vol 14, no. 3/4 Mar/Apr 2008.
(describes the development of the Australian METS Profile by the NLA in collaboration with Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories at the ANU)

AONS II: Continuing the Trend Towards Preservation Software 'Nirvana'
A paper by David Pearson for iPRES 2007: International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects, hosted by the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, 11-12 October 2007 printed in New Technology of Library and Information Service (iPRES2007 Special Issue), 25 Jan 2008, Vol, No.1 pp.42-49.

2007

Defining File Format Obsolescence: A Risky Journey
A presentation by David Pearson and Colin Webb, National Library of Australia, given to the 3rd International Digital Curation Conference, Curating Our Digital Scientific Heritage a Global Collaborative Challenge, Washington DC USA, 11-13 December 2007.

Order From Chaos: The AONS II Tool for Managing File Formats
A presentation by David Pearson, National Library of Australia at Clever Collections: A National Showcase of Technical Innovations for Digital Collections Conference, hosted by APSR held at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 28-29 November 2007.

APSR METS Profile Development Project 2007
A presentation by Judith Pearce and David Pearson, National Library of Australia, given at Clever Collections: A National Showcase of Technical Innovations for Digital Collections Conference, hosted by APSR held at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 28-29 November 2007.
(describes development of the Australian METS profile by National Library of Australia in collaboration with the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories)

Some interesting but less current papers on digital preservation

2006

Sustainability Models for Digital Preservation
A presentation by David Pearson, National Library of Australia, given at the Sustainable Data from Digital Fieldwork International Conference, hosted by APSR (Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories) and PARADISEC (Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures) held at Sydney University, Sydney NSW, 4-6 December 2006.

Recent Developments in Digital Archiving and Preservation
A speech by Pam Gatenby, Assistant Director General, Collections Management National Library of Australia, prepared for the CDNL Meeting, Seoul, 23 August 2006.

2005

Report to ICABS on Guidance for Digital Preservation: Report on a Survey of Sources: July 2005
A report by Colin Webb, National Library of Australia, to IFLA-CDNL Alliance for Bibliographic Standards (ICABS), 2005.

2004

Keeping Online Information Accessible for E-governance and E-democracy
A paper by Margaret E Phillips, Director Digital Archiving, National Library of Australia, and Adrian Cunningham, Director Recordkeeping Standards and Policy, National Archives of Australia prepared for the Australian Electronic Governance Conference. Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne, Melbourne Victoria, 2004.
(refers to risks of archived material being lost)

PADI (Preserving Access to Digital Information) and Safekeeping
An article by Marian Hanley, PADI Administrator, National Library of Australia, originally published in the High Energy Physics Libraries Webzine, Issue 9, February 2004.
(recent description of processes used in the Library’s subject gateway to information about digital preservation, PADI)

2003

Barriers or Stepping Stones? Impediments to Digital Archiving and Preservation Programs
A paper by Colin Webb, Preservation Services, National Library of Australia, published in CLIR Issues, Number 34, July/August 2003, published by the Council on Library and Information Resources (USA).

Saving Digital Heritage-A UNESCO Campaign
A paper by Colin Webb, Preservation Services, National Library of Australia, published in RLG DigiNews, Vol 7 Number 3, June 15 2003

UNESCO campaign to preserve the 'digital heritage' - and consultations in Asia and the Pacific
A paper by Colin Webb, Preservation Services, National Library of Australia published in International Preservation News (IPN) - a newsletter of the IFLA Core Activity on Preservation and Conservation, Number 30, September 2003

Development of a Digital Services Architecture at the National Library of Australia
A paper by Dr Warwick Cathro, Assistant Director-General Information Technology, and Mr Tony Boston, Director Digital Services, National Library of Australia, at EduCause in Australasia 2003
(contains good description of the Digital Object Storage System which is an important part of the National Library’s digital preservation strategy)

2002

Nurturing Our Digital Memory: Digital Archiving and Preservation at the National Library of Australia
A submission for International Preservation News by Dr Hilary Berthon, Preservation Services, National Library of Australia, May 2002

Digital Preservation: a Many Layered Thing
A paper presented by Colin Webb to the DAI institute The State of Digital Preservation: An International Perspective convened by the Council on Library and Information Resources, Washington, DC, 24-25 April 2002

Archiving the Web: the National Collection of Australian Online Publications
A paper presented by Margaret Phillips, Manager, Digital Archiving, National Library of Australia at the International Symposium on Web Archiving, National Diet Library, Tokyo, Japan, 30 January 2002
(contains a description of the National Library’s html migration trial)

Safekeeping: A Cooperative Approach to Building a Digital Preservation Resource
An article by Hilary Berthon, Susan Thomas and Colin Webb, Preservation Services, National Library of Australia, published in D-Lib Magazine, January 2002

2001

Digital Continuity: Preservation Action
A presentation by Colin Webb, Preservation Manager, Collections Management Division, National Library of Australia, at Digital Continuity: a Forum for Australian Universities Swinburne University of Technology, 19 November 2001

Data Recovery and Providing Access to Digital Manuscripts
A paper presented by Deborah Woodyard, Digital Preservation, at the Information Online 2001 Conference held in Sydney, Australia, 16-18 January 2001

Archiving the Web: The PANDORA Archive at the National Library of Australia
A paper by Warwick Cathro, Colin Webb and Julie Whiting.
Presented by Warwick Cathro, Assistant Director-General, Information Technology, National Library of Australia at the Preserving the Present for the Future Web Archiving Conference, Copenhagen, 18-19 June 2001

"Who Will Save the Olympics?"
A paper presented by Lydia Preiss to the OCLC/ Preservation Resources Symposium Digital past, digital future: an introduction to digital preservation, San Francisco, 15 June 2001

2000

Towards a Preserved National Collection of Selected Australian Digital Publication
A paper presented by Colin Webb, Director, Preservation Services Branch, National Library of Australia, at the Preservation 2000 Conference, York, UK, December 2000

Digital Preservation: The Australian Experience
A paper presented by Deborah Woodyard, at the 3rd Digital Library Conference: Positioning the Fountain of Knowledge, State Library of Sarawak, Malaysia, 2nd - 4th of October, 2000.

The likely impact(s) of digital technology on conservation/ preservation in Australia.
Prepared for the National Newsletter of the Australian Institute for Conservation of Cultural Materials July 2000, by Colin Webb, Director Preservation Services, National Library of Australia

The role of preservation and the library of the future
A paper presented by Colin Webb, Director Preservation Services, at CONSAL 2000, the 11th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians Conference, Singapore, 26th - 28th April 2000.

Preservation Metadata for Digital Collections
Presentation for workshop "Metadata for long term preservation in NEDLIB" Paris, Bibliotheque national de France, 25 February 2000 prepared by Kevin Bradley and Deborah Woodyard.

The Moving Frontier: Archiving, Preservation and Tomorrow’s Digital Heritage
Presented by Hilary Berthon, Manager National & International Preservation Activities; and Colin Webb, Director Preservation Services Branch, at VALA 2000 - 10th VALA Biennial Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne,Victoria, 16 - 18 February, 2000.

1999

Practical advice for preserving publications on disk
Paper by Deborah Woodyard, Electronic Preservation, presented at Information Online and On Disc '99 Conference, Darling Harbour, Sydney, 19th-21st January 1999.

1998

Farewell my Floppy: a strategy for migration of digital information
Paper by Deborah Woodyard, Electronic Preservation, presented at the VALA Conference 28th - 30th January 1998 in Melbourne.