Metadata for Preservation

NISO Webinar: Metadata for Preservation: A Digital Object’s Best Friend

Date: February 13, 2013

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (EST)

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Over the past decade, as the scholarly community’s reliance on e-content has increased, so too has the development of preservation-related digital repositories. The need for descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata for each digital object in a preservation repository was clearly recognized by digital archivists and curators. However, in the early 2000’s, most of the published specifications for preservation-related metadata were either implementation specific or broadly theoretical.

In 2003, the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and Research Libraries Group (RLG) established an international working group called PREMIS (Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies) to develop a common core set of metadata elements for digital preservation. The first version of the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata and its supporting XML schema was issued in 2005. Experience using the specification in preservation repositories has led to several revisions, with the completion of version 2.0 in 2008. The Data Dictionary is now in version 2.2 (July

2012) and is widely implemented in preservation repositories throughout the world in multiple domains.

Join NISO for the February 13 webinar on Preservation Metadata to hear viewpoints and updates from industry leaders on theory and practice.


• Rebecca Guenther, Consultant, Meet your Data As former Standards Specialist at the Library of Congress, Ms. Guenther served as the co-chair of PREMIS and will begin the webinar by outlining the types of information that should be associated with an archived digital object and how these translated into the development of the PREMIS data dictionary and corresponding XML schema.

• Amy Kirchhoff, Archive Service Manager, Portico Ms. Kirchhoff will describe how Portico’s digital preservation repositories have applied this standard.


Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on February 13, 2013 (the day of the webinar). Discounts are available for NISO and NASIG members and students. NISO Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members receive one free connection as part of membership and do not need to register. (The LSA member webinar contact will automatically receive the login information. Members are listed here: All webinar registrants and LSA webinar contacts receive access to the recorded version for one year.

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