Posted on Wednesday June 1, 2016

Use of international preservation standards

Theme: Sustainability
Indicator: Adherence to international standards in digital preservation practice
Reference date: 29/5/2015 (Enumerate Core Survey 3)
Monitoring frequency: biennial
Institution types: museums, libraries, archives, other
Geographical scope: Europe

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Adherence to international standards in digital preservation practice is understood as a measure of achieved maturity in making the digital collections of an institution sustainable. For the ENUMERATE framework three classes of digital archives have been defined:

  • Institutional digital archives that meet the international criteria for long term preservation;
  • Publicly managed professional digital archives;
  • Privately managed professional digital archives.

The assumption is here that a ‘professional digital archive’ is set up according to international criteria for long term preservation.

About 47% of the respondents do not have a solution yet for long term preservation based on international standards for digital preservation. This percentage might be even a bit higher as about 8% did not know the answer to this question. Large differences are visible if the institution types are compared, for instance national libraries are clear ‘front runners’, while other institutions still have a long way to go.

Trends

In Core Survey 2 48% of the respondents do not have a solution yet for long term preservation based on international standards for digital preservation.

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