Hi Kerstin,

That is a big topic. I am on a Born-digital Committee and the UCSB 
Davidson Library. There is also a UC Digitization Task Force. Both 
groups have Wikis but they are only available to members.

There has been a lot of research and committee work on the topic by many 
organizations. Here are some of the links that we have been researching.

Here are some of the links that our Born-digital Committee have on our 
wiki. If the links don't work on this email you could probable do a 
search to come up with some of the sites and articles.

    * Digital Curation Centre - DCC Curation Lifecycle Model ^

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) based in the United Kingdom is a good 
digital preservation resource. DCC states that the "purpose of our 
centre is to provide a national focus for research and development into 
curation issues and to promote expertise and good practice, both 
national and international, for the management of all research outputs 
in digital format" The DCC Curation Lifecycle model presents an 
excellent overview of good digital preservation practices.

Sara Higgins article^ 
<> states, "The 
DCC Curation Lifecycle Model provides a graphical high-level overview of 
the stages required for successful curation and preservation of data 
from initial conceptualization or receipt. The model can be used to plan 
activities within an organization or consortium to ensure that all 
necessary states are undertaken, each in the correct sequence. The model 
enables granular functionality to be mapped against it; to define roles 
and responsibilities; and build a framework of standards and 
technologies to implement. It can help with the process of identifying 
additional steps which may be required, or actions which are not 
required by certain situations or disciplines, and ensuring that 
processes and policies are adequately documented." -^

    * There's a hole in the bucket: One institution's method of
      preserving electronic records. ^

Michael Martin covers the lower level aspects of good preservation 
practices. He is a Records Management Specialist in the Archival 
Services Electronic Records Unit for the New York State Archives. Martin 
reports on their practices, which incorporate their review of many 
intuitional archives methods, such as the National Archives of 
Australia, Library of Congress and the Netherlands. He presents a 
workflow in his presentation. It starts with quarantining the data where 
they perform anti-virus checks, and generate checksums error detection. 
Then there is the preservation where the digital files are converted. 
Last comes the storage of the original-bit stream and converted files.

    * Ensuring the longevity of digital documents ^

In this Powerpoint video David Rosenthal, who is chief scientist with 
the LOCKSS Program at Stanford University, explores sustainable 
approaches to format obsolescence in digital preservation. He explains 
how the Internet has changed digital preservation. He, like many others, 
is concerned about intellectual property laws. He thinks that the 
hardware and software product obsolescence is to some extent being 
overcome through the use of web standards, web publishing and Open 
Source emulators. Rosenthal is more concerned about intellectual 
property than obsolescence. He points out that most "content worth 
saving is making money," that lawyers have "massaged the law to their 
ends," and that they do not want us to keep a copy.

iPres2009 ^ <>     

This is a series of annual international conferences that bring together 
researchers and practitioners from around the world to explore the 
latest trends, innovations, and practices in preserving our scientific 
and cultural digital heritage.

Digital Preservation for Digital Collaboratives Workshop ^ 

Using CRL/OCLC Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification: 
Criteria and Checklist (TRAC)^ 
<> as 
its foundation, the three-day workshop will provide an introduction to 
digital preservation before focusing on planning, assessment and digital 
preservation solutions.

Ten Principles^ 

In January 2007 representatives of four preservation organizations, The 
Digital Curation Center^ <> (U.K),  
DigitalPreservationEurope^ <>, 
NESTOR^ <> (Germany), and 
Center for Research Libraries^ <> (North America), 
convened at the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago. They met to 
seek consensus on core criteria for digital preservation repositories, 
and to guide further international efforts on auditing and certifying 
repositories. They came up with these ten principles.

Best Regards,

Kerstin Ringdahl wrote:
> Greetings,
> I have been asked to develop strategies for long-term preservation of 
> digital records.
> Wonder if anyone on this listserv has done much in this area?  Thank 
> you for any hekp you can give me..
> -- 
> Kerstin Ringdahl
> University Archivist and Curator
> of Special Collections
> Robert A.L. Mortvedt Library
> Pacific Lutheran University
> Tacoma, WA, 98447