Please excuse any cross-posting and see the following announcement about
our PREMIS tutorial to be held in February at the UC San Diego


For more info please see -






Robert H. McDonald
Director, Strategic Data Alliances
Digital Preservation Initiatives Group
San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
MC 0505
La Jolla, CA 92093-0505
phone: 858.534.8377
email/aim: [log in to unmask]
skype: rhmcdonald <> 




PREMIS Metadata Tutorial <> : An
Overview of the Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata with
Implementation Case Studies

February 11, 2008, 9:00-5:30

UC San Diego Geisel Library, Seuss Room, UCSD, La Jolla, CA

The UC San Diego Libraries, the California Digital Library, the San
Diego Supercomputer Center, and the PREMIS Editorial Committee are
sponsoring a tutorial on the PREMIS Data Dictionary Feb. 11, 2008 at the
UC San Diego Geisel Library on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, CA.

The PREMIS (Preservation Metadata Implementation Strategies) Working
Group was formed in June 2003 as an international group whose goal was
to define a standard set of implementable, core preservation metadata,
with guidelines and recommendations for management and use. The PREMIS
Working Group released its Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata
<>  in May
2005.  This developed into the first data dictionary for implementing
preservation metadata and is now known as PREMIS.

The PREMIS data dictionary is the foundation by which Metadata can be
generated to play a vital role in enabling the effective management,
discovery, and re-usability of digital information. Preservation
metadata provides provenance information, documents preservation
activity, identifies technical features, and aids in verifying the
authenticity of digital objects. PREMIS is a core set of metadata
elements recommended for use in all preservation repositories regardless
of the type of materials archived and the preservation strategies


Agenda <> 

This one day tutorial provides an introduction to PREMIS and its data
model, a walk-through of the Data Dictionary, examples of PREMIS
metadata in real situations, and implementation considerations,
particularly using PREMIS with XML/METS. It includes an implementers'
panel and will also provide an opportunity for participants to share
their own implementation issues and experiences.  


The workshop will be taught by Rebecca Guenther.  Rebecca  Guenther is
Senior Networking and Standards Specialist in the Network Development
and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress. She has worked at
LC since 1980 in various positions and in her current position since
1989.  Her current responsibilities include work on national and
international information standards, primarily in the area of metadata.
She is chair of the PREMIS Editorial Committee and was co-chair of the
OCLC/RLG PREMIS Working Group which developed the PREMIS Data

Benefits of Attendance 

This tutorial will benefit individuals and institutions interested in
implementing PREMIS metadata for the long-term management and
preservation of their digital information. Some basic knowledge of XML
is presumed. This symposium will be of interest to librarians and
archivists working with digital libraries or with other digital
preservation initiatives. 

Specific benefits of attendance include:

1. A better understanding of the infrastructure for reliable,
sustainable digital preservation programs 

2. A comprehensive view of information needed to support digital

3. A beginning knowledge of the common data model for organizing and
thinking about preservation metadata 

4. Illustrative guidance for local implementations of PREMIS for
preservation repositories 

5. An understanding of the standard for exchanging information packages
between repositories (to include metadata to support the preservation

6. An appreciation for how PREMIS might be used:  as a basis for
metadata definition in developing systems, as a checklist of metadata
needs for existing repositories, or as a standard for exchange between

Applied Case Studies 

This tutorial will include a PREMIS implementers' discussion panel that
will provide applied perspectives on work being done at the Stanford
University Libraries, the UC San Diego Libraries, and the San Diego
Supercomputer Center.




Registration Form


Cost of attendance will be $50 (free for UC attendees). Registration
will close Monday January 14th 2008.  Attendance will be limited to 40
participants so reserve your spot early.  Payment can be made in the
form of credit card or checks (checks must be payable to "UC Regents")  


Payments should be mailed along with the registration form to:


UC San Diego- Geisel Library 

Attn: Marita Beiner M/C 0175-H

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA  92093-0175




UCSD Libraries has reserved a block of rooms at Hotel La Jolla.
Reservations must be made directly with the hotel by Monday, January
14th 2008.


Hotel La Jolla <>   1 800-666-0261


UCSD rate $139.00/night (be sure to ask for UCSD rate under code #1268)

*                     An easy walk to the beach

*                     Rooms with ocean views (there are only a few of
these so reserve early to secure yours!)

*                     Hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to
the UCSD campus and other locations within 5 miles  

*                     Free parking if you tell them you're with UCSD


For more information please see the PREMIS tutorial website


For questions about the conference, please contact Trish Rose-Sandler at
[log in to unmask]    For questions about registration or lodging, please
contact Marita Beiner at [log in to unmask]   or 858-534-9734.