ALCTS PARS Preservation Metadata Interest Group

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Coordinates section activities related to managing the preservation of library and archival materials.


Chelcie Juliet Rowell, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Wake Forest University

Drew Krewer, Digitization Operations Librarian at University of Houston

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ALCTS/PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group at ALA Annual 2013

  • 1.  ALCTS/PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group at ALA Annual 2013

    Posted Jun 06, 2013 03:24 PM

    ALCTS PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group

    Saturday, June 29, 3-4PM

    McCormick Place Convention Center, Room N135

    Topic: Building Out Preservation Metadata in Digital Repositories

    Please join us for the ALCTS PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group meeting, with two presentations on preservation metadata development in digital and research data repositories. 


    PREMIS: To Be or Not To Be in My METS

    Jennifer Eustis, Catalog/Metadata Librarian

    David Lowe, Preservation and Data Management Services Librarian

    University of Connecticut Libraries


    The University of Connecticut Libraries is currently building a Fedora digital repository. At the beginning of this project, we investigated the viability of using Islandora to meet our needs of an administration module on top of Fedora. As our analysis came to end, we found that Islandora meets only some of our needs. On the one hand, Islandora is convenient as an already existing solution with a robust user community. Islandora metadata forms also seamlessly create and update the Dublin Core (DC) and Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) data streams in Fedora Digital Objects. On the other hand, we want a more tailored management system than Islandora can deliver for our digital objects. More importantly, we are striving for a TRAC compliant system that implements PREMIS repository and also facilitates the automated collection of provenance metadata. Because of these concerns, we decided to rely on Islandora in the short term as a presentation layer and, at the same time, find ways to structure incoming metadata that included PREMIS. These decisions led us to what we refer to as our METS Uberset document. Essentially, this METS Uberset document is used to collocate and normalize incoming descriptive, rights, technical and preservation metadata in a METS document to create the individual data streams for each type of metadata. In this presentation, I will describe the process of how the METS Uberset document came to be and its various incarnations including a discussion on the role of PREMIS, its role in the automated collection of data, and the lessons still being learned.

    The Purdue University Research Repository: HUBzero customization for dataset publication and digital preservation

    Amy Barton, Metadata Specialist and Assistant Professor of Library Science [presenter]

    Neal Harmeyer, Digital Archivist

    Carly Dearborn, Digital Preservation and Electronic Records Archivist

    Purdue University Libraries 


    In 2011, prompted by the National Science Foundation’s mandate to include a data management plan in grant applications, a steering committee made up of Purdue’s Dean of Libraries, the Vice President of Information Technology, and Vice President for Research tasked Purdue University Libraries and Purdue University Information Technology with the development of the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR). PURR provides an online, collaborative project space and data-sharing platform to support the data management needs of Purdue researchers and collaborators. Within PURR a publication process makes research results, or datasets, publicly available. Each published dataset is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to support discoverability and data citation.

    PURR is a customized instance of HUBzero®, an open source software platform that supports scientific discovery, learning, and collaboration. HUBzero was a research project funded by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a product of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), a multi-university initiative of eight member institutions. PURR is only one instance of a HUBzero’s customization; versions have been implemented in many disciplines nation-wide.

    PURR maintains the core functionality of HUBzero, but has been modified to publish datasets and to support their preservation. Long-term access to published data is an essential component of PURR services and Purdue University Libraries’ mission.  Preservation in PURR is not only vital to the Purdue University research community, but to the larger digital preservation issues surrounding dynamic datasets and their long-term reuse.

    This case study will discuss the creation of robust preservation functionality within PURR. In particular, we will discuss digital preservation policies, the implementation of the OAIS model, and the weaving of various metadata standards via a dynamic, programmatic process for PURR’s unique digital content.

    The presentations will be preceded by a brief business meeting.

    Shawn Averkamp

    Sarah Potvin

    Chairs, ALCTS PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group