Preservation Metadata: The Cornerstone of Long-Term Digital Preservation Practices

Speaker Rebecca Guenther
Rebecca Guenther has 35 years of experience in national libraries, mostly at the Library of Congress, primarily working on national and international metadata standards related to digital libraries.. She has served on numerous standards and implementation committees, including as chair of the PREMIS Editorial Committee and the original PREMIS Working ...

Rebecca Guenther has 35 years of experience in national libraries, mostly at the Library of Congress, primarily working on national and international metadata standards related to digital libraries.. She has served on numerous standards and implementation committees, including as chair of the PREMIS Editorial Committee and the original PREMIS Working Group, is widely published in professional literature, and has given many tutorials, workshops and presentations. She has recently been involved in the development of Linked Data-compatible metadata for use in the Semantic Web. She currently lives in New York, where she works as a consultant on metadata development and planning and teaches at NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program and Pratt’s School of Information and Library Science.

Full Description

This workshop will be held in two parts: One full day on April 8th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and one half day on April 9th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Preserving digital content for the long term requires the institution to know key pieces of technical and structural information about its digital assets. Preservation metadata is the information you need to know in order to manage, use, and understand your valuable digital assets into the future.

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata, the key standard in this area, and how it is being implemented worldwide. Topics will include an introduction to the PREMIS data model and how it has changed in version 3.0; an examination of the Data Dictionary; and its implementation in various contexts, including in the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) within the context of larger digital library issues. The PREMIS OWL ontology, for use as a Linked Open Data implementation, will also be presented. Some existing implementations will also highlight use cases and issues for preservation planners. Exercises creating preservation metadata will be included. Participants already using PREMIS are encouraged to contribute by presenting information about their own implementations and issues encountered. There will be ample time for open discussion of implementation issues.

This workshop will not include an analysis of building preservation systems and strategies beyond the concepts and need for metadata to support long-term preservation.

Who should attend: 
Librarians, archivists and others interested in implementing metadata for the long-term management and preservation of their digital information, or those already involved in planning an implementation. Participants are expected to understand the basics of metadata and how it can support functionality in memory institutions. It is also helpful to have a basic knowledge of XML.

Objectives:
• To understand the need for preservation metadata for long-term preservation of digital objects
• To understand the PREMIS Data Model and how it applies to management of digital objects
• To gain a knowledge of the semantic units in the PREMIS Data Dictionary and how they apply to different categories of digital assets
• To understand the expansion of the standard in version 3.0, which provides the ability to describe intellectual entities (not limited to digital) and software and hardware environments
• To consider issues that an institution might encounter in preservation metadata creation and management
• To highlight a number of use cases, which will assist implementers in planning their own use of preservation metadata

April 8, 2015
10:00-11:00 Background and Context; PREMIS Data Model
11:00-12:00 Objects
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:15 Object exercises
2:15-2:45 Agents, Rights, Events
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-3:15 Event exercise
3:15-3:45 PREMIS activities and developments
3:45-4:00 Questions/discussion

April 9, 2015
10:00-10:15 Questions from previous day
10:15-11:15 Implementation issues
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Examples of implementations
12:30-1:00 Implementation questions, sharing of experiences and wrap-up

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When?

Wed, Apr. 8 - Thu, Apr. 9, 2015
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Eastern

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Where?

METRO Training Center
57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003