Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Digital Archives and Preservation

  • Reagan W. MooreEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_128


Persistent archives


Preservation is a form of communication with the future while ensuring the management of the authenticity, integrity, and chain of custody of records for long periods of time. Authenticity is defined as the management of provenance information about the creation of the record. Integrity is defined as the ability to create an authentic copy. Chain of custody tracks all processing done to the record, including migration to new storage systems or to new data encoding formats. Digital preservation addresses the challenge of technology evolution by managing preservation properties independently of the choice of software and hardware systems. Preservation properties include the names used to identify archivists, records, and storage systems and the preservation metadata which includes provenance information and administrative information about record management. The display and manipulation of digital data is maintained through the use of...

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Recommended Reading

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    Electronic Records Archive capabilities list defines a comprehensive set of capabilities needed to implement a preservation environment, and can be examined at http://www.archives.gov/era/pdf/requirements-amend0001.pdf
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    Moore R. Building preservation environments with data grid technology. Am Arch. 2006;69(1):139–58.Google Scholar
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    Moore R, Rajasekar A, Watry P, Corubolo F, Harrison J, Fuselier J. Evolving persistent archives and digital library systems: integrating iRODS, Cheshire3 and multivalent. Int J Digit Curation. 2013;8(2):47–67.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    OAIS. Reference model for an Open Archival Information System, ISO 14721; 2003.Google Scholar
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    Space data and information transfer systems – Audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories, ISO 16363; 2012.Google Scholar
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    Moore R, Xu H, Conway M, Rajasekar A, Crabtree J, Tibbo H. Trustworthy Policies for Distributed Repositories. Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2017, ISBN 9781627058858Google Scholar

Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Information and Library ScienceUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Amr El Abbadi
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUC Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA