The AABC Archivist's Toolkit: Digital Preservation Management

The goal of this page is to present resources and background materials that can help your organization start to plan for, or further your digital preservation management program for electronic and born-digital records. Resources will be updated as new best practices are shared and scholarly publications are made available on this topic. If you know of additional resources or digital preservation links that should be added to this site, please contact the AABC.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Planning, frameworks and policy development


Digital Preservation Management workshop tutorial:

Digital Preservation Coalition Handbook: advice/handbook-2

Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS)

Preserving Access to Digital Information (PADI), National Library of Australia

Checklist for Cloud Service Contracts, InterPARES Trust

Example policies:

Simon Fraser University Digital Preservation:

Scholars Portal Trusted Digital Repository planning:

Harvey, Ross. Digital Curation, a How-to-do-it manual (review of book you can order)


Digital preservation metadata

Metadata should be captured which reflects the digital preservation actions which have taken place as well as technical metadata about the objects being preserved.


Preservation Metadata Implementation Standard (PREMIS):

Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS):


Digital preservation actions

There are a number of discrete actions that may take place as part of digital preservation workflows. Below, tools and resources are broken down into the type of action taking place. There is an emphasis on free and open-source tools.

General resources:

POWRR (Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources):

COPTR (Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry): Main_Page


Tools to create checksums:
* md5deep: 
* md5summer: 
* Built into various preservation systems/tools: Archivematica, Preservica, Bagger, DuraCloud, etc.

Tools to check checksums:
* Fixity: 
* Built into various tools/systems as above

Virus scanning

Tools to scan viruses:

* Clam AV :

Virus scanning is typically built into preservation systems.

File format identification

Tools to identify file formats:

*Format Identifier for Digital Objects (FIDO): 
*File Information Tool Set (FITS): 
(Bundles together many other tools and acts as a wrapper)


PRONOM, National Archives of the UK:

Library of Congress Format Description Documents:

File formats wiki:

Characterization/metadata extraction

Tools for metadata extraction/characterization:

*File Information Tool Set (FITS): 
*Metadata extraction tool: 


Tools for validation:

*DPF Manager: 


Tools for normalization/migration:


Preservation systems
There are a number of digital preservation systems that combine all or some of the preservation actions described above:

Open source:



Acquisitions and accessioning



Paradigm project:

InterPARES Digital Record Acquisitions Policy:

A First Look at the Acquisition and Appraisal of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Fonds: or, SELECT * FROM VANOC _Records AS Archives WHERE Value="true";



SFU MoveIT tool:


Physical preservation of digital carriers


Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives


Trusted Digital Repository Audit and Certification


Philip Bantin, ed., Building Trustworthy Digital Repositories, Theory and Implementation:

Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and Responsibilities

Trustworthy Digital Repositories Audit & Certification (TDR)


Self-assessment tool:


Digital Preservation Management: Further Resources


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