[Irtalk] Digital Preservation File Format Policies of ARL Member Libraries: An Analysis

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 10:51:49 SAST 2014

Whether overseeing institutional repositories, digital library collections,
or digital preservation services, repository managers often establish file
format policies intended to extend the longevity of collections under their
care. While concerted efforts have been made in the library community to
encourage common standards, digital preservation policies regularly vary
from one digital library service to another. In the interest of gaining a
broad view of contemporary digital preservation practice in North American
research libraries, this paper presents the findings of a study of file
format policies at Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member
institutions. It is intended to present the digital preservation community
with an assessment of the level of trust currently placed in common file
formats in digital library collections and institutional repositories.
Beginning with a summary of file format research to date, the authors
describe the research methodology they used to collect and analyze data
from the file format policies of ARL Library repositories and digital
library services.

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