The Library of Congress, Network Development & MARC Standards Office, is
pleased to announce the release of "Implementing the PREMIS data
dictionary: a survey of approaches" by Deborah Woodyard-Robinson. 

The Library of Congress, as part of the PREMIS maintenance activity,
commissioned Deborah Woodyard-Robinson to provide this study, which
explores how institutions have implemented the PREMIS semantic units.  
The goal was to assist the newly established PREMIS Editorial Committee
with its first revision of the data dictionary and schemas by
understanding the difficulties presented in applying the semantic units
and thus improve the specification. In this study sixteen repositories
have been surveyed about their interpretation and application of the
PREMIS Data Dictionary (PDD), with an analysis then made on how the PREMIS
core fits with the functions of a preservation repository and which PDD
semantic units will be most relevant to certain types of repositories.

This study will assist institutions planning the use of or already using
preservation metadata. In addition, as the PREMIS Editorial Committee is
revising the PREMIS Data Dictionary (expected to be completed in the last
quarter of 2007), it will benefit from the findings reported in this

The study is available at:

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