Tackling digital compliance - The National Archives, the UK Data Archive
and the Estonian Business Archive

In conjunction with the UK Data Archive, The National Archives have
released a report comparing their preservation practices to the leading
internationally recognised standard for digital archives. This provides
a model for other organisations to test the compliance of their own

Using the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model the
two organisations were able to compare their preservation practices
within a common framework: an opportunity that was particularly timely
because, in January 2005, the UKDA was appointed as a legal place of
deposit for National Archive documents. 

The OAIS reference model (ISO 14721) is the major international standard
addressing the structure and operations of digital archive facilities.
The Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) is a schema for
encoding descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata regarding
objects within a digital library. 

The assessment was carried out by the UKDA, The National Archives and
the Estonian Business Archive, with a funding award from the Joint
Information Systems Committee - under its Institutional Digital
Preservation and Asset Management Programme.

Full story: 

The report is available here: 

Paper copies are available from the National Archives and from the UK
Data Archive.

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For further information on Digital Preservation at the National
Archives, please see: 

Press Enquiries: Contact Stuart Brennan in The National Archives Press
Office on 0208 8392 5277 or [log in to unmask] 


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