Package Formats for Preserved Digital Material

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    Abstract

    This paper presents an investigation of the best suitable package formats for long term digital preservation. The choice of a package format for preservation is crucial for future access, thus a thorough analysis of choice is important.
    The investigation presented here covers setting up requirements for package formats used for long term preserved digital material, and using these requirements as the basis for analysing a range of package formats.
    The result of the concrete investigation is that the WARC format is the package format best suited for the listed requirements. Fulfilling the listed requirements will ensure mitigating a number of risks of information loss. Thus WARC is the best choice for a package format in cases where these same risks are judged most important. Similar analysis will need to be carried out in cases where the requirements differ from the ones described here, e.g. if there are specific forensic or direct access to files.
    Translated title of the contributionPakkeformater for bevaret digitalt materiale
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects
    Volume9
    Pages (from-to)54-62
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012
    EventThe 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects 2012 - University of Toronto’s Chestnut Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
    Duration: 1 Oct 20125 Oct 2012

    Conference

    ConferenceThe 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects 2012
    LocationUniversity of Toronto’s Chestnut Convention Centre
    Country/TerritoryCanada
    CityToronto
    Period01/10/201205/10/2012

    Keywords

    • digital preservation
    • package formats
    • bit preservation

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