Digital Preservation Metadata for Practitioners

Implementing PREMIS

  • Angela Dappert
  • Rebecca Squire Guenther
  • Sébastien Peyrard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Angela Dappert, Sébastien Peyrard, Rebecca Squire Guenther
    Pages 1-9
  3. Sébastien Peyrard, Angela Dappert, Rebecca Squire Guenther
    Pages 11-21
  4. Rebecca Squire Guenther, Angela Dappert, Sébastien Peyrard
    Pages 23-36
  5. Clément Oury, Karl-Rainer Blumenthal, Sébastien Peyrard
    Pages 59-82
  6. Amy Kirchhoff, Sheila M. Morrissey
    Pages 83-97
  7. Alexandra Chassanoff, Kam Woods, Christopher A. Lee
    Pages 99-109
  8. Angela Dappert, Adam Farquhar
    Pages 129-138
  9. Thomas Habing
    Pages 161-187
  10. Eld Zierau, Sébastien Peyrard
    Pages 189-211
  11. Carol Chou, Andrea Goethals, Julie Seifert
    Pages 213-226
  12. Mark Jordan, Evelyn McLellan
    Pages 227-239
  13. Peter McKinney
    Pages 247-257
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 259-266

About this book


This book begins with an introduction to fundamental issues related to digital preservation metadata before proceeding to in-depth coverage of issues concerning its practical use and implementation. It helps readers to understand which options need to be considered in specifying a digital preservation metadata profile to ensure it matches their individual content types, technical infrastructure, and organizational needs. Further, it provides practical guidance and examples, and raises important questions. It does not provide full-fledged implementation solutions, as such solutions can, by definition, only be specific to a given preservation context. As such, the book effectively bridges the gap between the formal specifications provided in a standard, such as the PREMIS Data Dictionary – a de-facto standard that defines the core metadata required by most preservation repositories – and specific implementations.

Anybody who needs to manage digital assets in any form with the intent of preserving them for an indefinite period of time will find this book a valuable resource. The PREMIS Data Dictionary provides a data model consisting of basic entities (objects, agents, events and rights) and basic properties (called “semantic units”) that describe them. The key challenge addressed is that of determining which information one needs to keep, together with one’s digital assets, so that they can be understood and used in the long-term – in other words, exactly which metadata one needs.

The book will greatly benefit beginners and current practitioners alike. It is equally targeted at digital preservation repository managers and metadata analysts who are responsible for digital preservation metadata, as it is at students in Library, Information and Archival Science degree programs or related fields. Further, it can be used at the conception stage of a digital preservation system or for self-auditing an existing system.


PREMIS Information Science Library Science Archival Science digital preservation digital libraries

Editors and affiliations

  • Angela Dappert
    • 1
  • Rebecca Squire Guenther
    • 2
  • Sébastien Peyrard
    • 3
  1. 1.The British Library LondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Library of Congress New YorkUSA
  3. 3.Site François-MitterrandBibliothèque nationale de France Site François-MitterrandParis Cedex 13France

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