Long-Term Preservation of Digital Documents

Principles and Practices

  • Uwe M. Borghoff
  • Peter Rödig
  • Lothar Schmitz
  • Jan Scheffczyk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 31-56
    3. Pages 57-78
    4. Pages 79-98
    5. Pages 123-132
  3. Recent Preservation Initiatives

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 257-274

About this book


Key to our culture is that we can disseminate information, and then maintain and access it over time. While we are rapidly advancing from vulnerable physical solutions to superior, digital media, preserving and using data over the long term involves complicated research challenges and organization efforts.

Uwe Borghoff and his coauthors address the problem of storing, reading, and using digital data for periods longer than 50 years. They briefly describe several markup and document description languages like TIFF, PDF, HTML, and XML, explain the most important techniques such as migration and emulation, and present the OAIS (Open Archival Information System) Reference Model. To complement this background information on the technology issues the authors present the most relevant international preservation projects, such as the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, and experiences from sample projects run by the Cornell University Library and the National Library of the Netherlands. A rated survey list of available systems and tools completes the book.

With this broad overview, the authors address librarians who preserve our digital heritage, computer scientists who develop technologies that access data, and information managers engaged with the social and methodological requirements of long-term information access.


Archiv Deposit System for Electronic Publications - DSEP Extensible Markup Language (XML) HTML PDF TIFF XML database digital libraries document framework libraries migration semantic web techniques

Authors and affiliations

  • Uwe M. Borghoff
    • 1
  • Peter Rödig
    • 1
  • Lothar Schmitz
    • 1
  • Jan Scheffczyk
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversität der Bundeswehr MünchenNeubibergGermany
  2. 2.International Computer Science InstituteBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-33639-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-33640-2
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