Modeling Context for Digital Preservation

  • Holger Brocks
  • Alfred Kranstedt
  • Gerald Jäschke
  • Matthias Hemmje
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 260)


Digital preservation can be regarded as ensuring communication with the future, that means ensuring the persistence of digital resources, rendering them findable, accessible and understandable for supporting contemporary reuse as well as safeguarding the interests of future generations. The context of a digital object to be preserved over time comprises the representation of all known properties associated with it and of all operations that have been carried out on it. This implies the information needed to decode the data stream and to restore the original content, information about its creation environment, including the actors and resources involved, and information about the organizational and technical processes associated with the production, preservation, access and reuse of the digital object. In this article we propose a generic context model which provides a formal representation for capturing all these aspects, to enable retracing information paths for future reuse. Building on experiences with the preservation of digital documents in so-called memory institutions, we demonstrate the feasibility of our approach within the domain of scientific publishing.


Digital Object Context Model Information Package Digital Archive Digital Preservation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Holger Brocks
    • 1
  • Alfred Kranstedt
    • 2
  • Gerald Jäschke
    • 3
  • Matthias Hemmje
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Multimedia and Internet ApplicationsFernUniversität in HagenHagen
  2. 2.Deutsche NationalbibliothekFrankfurt am Main
  3. 3.Globale Informationstechnik GmbHDarmstadt

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