Using controlled vocabularies for certain PREMIS elements was one of the
discussion topics during the PREMIS implementers workshop at iPres2010 in
Vienna. While their use is not mandatory, most attendees agreed that encouraging
tighter PREMIS usage profiles, including controlled vocabularies, had many
benefits, not the least of which is cross-repository interoperability.
Rebecca Guenther noted that the ongoing maintenance of PREMIS controlled
vocabularies can be managed using the LoC's Authorities and Vocabularies
services, see http://id.loc.gov/
This work has already been started using the example values provided in the
current version of PREMIS, see
We discussed how to streamline the process of nominating new controlled
vocabulary values and it was decided that the PIGpen wiki was an ideal platform
for this. We have started the ball rolling by nominating some new Event Type
(Preservation Event) values which we are using in the Archivematica project.
These are posted to this page (public wiki login: linus, password: lucy):
Maybe Rebecca or an Editorial Committee member can comment on what the next step
in the process would be? I assume we'll need to find a way to move from the
suggestions posted to the wiki to the formal revision process?
Maybe a period of time to allow for discussion of nominated terms on the wiki
and/or the PIG list before the terms go into the change request process?
Peter Van Garderen
Project Manager, Archivematica. http://archivematica.org
President, Artefactual Systems. http://artefactual.com