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Evaluating Preservation Strategies for Electronic Theses and Dissertations

  • Stephan Strodl
  • Christoph Becker
  • Robert Neumayer
  • Andreas Rauber
  • Eleonora Nicchiarelli Bettelli
  • Max Kaiser
  • Hans Hofman
  • Heike Neuroth
  • Stefan Strathmann
  • Franca Debole
  • Giuseppe Amato
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4877)

Abstract

Digital preservation has turned into a pressing challenge for institutions having the obligation to preserve digital objects over years. A range of tools exist today to support the variety of preservation strategies such as migration or emulation. Heterogeneous content, complex preservation requirements and goals, and untested tools make the selection of a preservation strategy very difficult. The Austrian National Library will have to preserve electronic theses and dissertations provided as PDF files and are thus investigating potential preservation solutions. The DELOS Digital Preservation Testbed is used to evaluate various alternatives with respect to specific requirements. It provides an approach to make informed and accountable decisions on which solution to implement in order to preserve digital objects for a given purpose. We analyse the performance of various preservation strategies with respect to the specified requirements for the preservation of master theses and present the results.

Categories and Subject Descriptors: H.3 Information Storage and Retrieval: H.3.7 Digital Libraries.

Keywords

Preservation Planning Migration Emulation Case Study 

General Terms

Digital Library Digital Preservation Long Term Access 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephan Strodl
    • 1
  • Christoph Becker
    • 1
  • Robert Neumayer
    • 1
  • Andreas Rauber
    • 1
  • Eleonora Nicchiarelli Bettelli
    • 2
  • Max Kaiser
    • 2
  • Hans Hofman
    • 3
  • Heike Neuroth
    • 4
  • Stefan Strathmann
    • 4
  • Franca Debole
    • 5
  • Giuseppe Amato
    • 5
  1. 1.Vienna University of Technology, ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Austrian National Library, ViennaAustria
  3. 3.Nationaal Archief, The HagueThe Netherlands
  4. 4.State and University Library Goettingen, GoettingenGermany
  5. 5.Italian National Research Council (CNR), PisaItaly

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