I agree with the comment that it might be valuable for PreservationLevel
to contain an element to record the date/time when the decision was made
regarding the preservation level assigned for an object. I also agree
that it might be valuable for PreservationLevel to contain an element to
store the rationale or justification for making such a decision.
Furthermore, it might be valuable for PreservationLevel to contain an
element to store information on the authority that made the decision so
that the context for prior decisions regarding an object can be recorded.
Please find examples of scenarios, below, that use these elements:
On 20050201, the Repository Board decides to assign the preservation
level, preserve and maintain content in supported formats, to object A .
The justification is to enable analysis by the public.
The repository is reorganized, adopts new policies, and the authority
for assigning preservation level to objects is given to the digital
library acquisitions committee.
On 20150201, the digital library acquisitions committee reviews object A
and decides to assign the preservation level, preserve existing formats.
The justification is 0 accesses in last 5 years.
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Gerard Clifton wrote:
>This is just a reminder that the initial comment period for proposed
>options for 'significantProperties' and 'preservationLevel' ends this
>Friday, 2 February.
>The Editorial Committee welcomes your feedback and suggestions, and we
>would especially like to hear if there are problems or issues with the
>A repeat of the original call for comments follows.
>National Library of Australia
>The PREMIS Editorial Committee has begun revision of the PREMIS Data
>Dictionary for Preservation Metadata and its related XML schemas and is
>seeking feedback from the digital preservation community.
>Comments and discussion are invited on proposed changes to the semantic
>units 'significantProperties' and 'preservationLevel'. Notes on a number of
>issues and suggested options for these semantic units are available on the
>PREMIS Implementors' Group wiki at:
>Please send comments and suggestions to the PIG-list for further discussion.
>The initial period for comment will end on Friday, February 2, 2007.
>The full list of proposed changes will soon be made available via the wiki
>(see PREMIS Revisions at: http://pigpen.lib.uchicago.edu:8888/pigpen/8).
>Other topics for discussion will follow in due course.
>The PREMIS Editorial Committee