Digital preservation - are metadata really crucial?

Panel 3, ECDL 2003, 7th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, Trondheim, Norway, 20 August 2003

Chair: Andreas Rauber (Institute of Software Technology & Interactive Systems, Vienna Technical University, Austria)
Participants: Catherine Owen (Performing Arts Data Service, University of Glasgow, UK), Steve Knight (National Library of New Zealand), Michael Day (UKOLN, University of Bath, UK)

Opening statement by Michael Day (UKOLN)

As someone who has been talking about 'metadata for digital preservation' for over six years, I would strongly argue that metadata are crucial for digital preservation. In this brief opening statement, I would like to make three short comments on the status of digital preservation metadata initiaives at the present time:


  1. Metadata for digital preservation: the Cedars project outline specification. Leeds: Cedars Project, 2000:
  2. Reference model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS). CCSDS 650.0-B-1 (2002):
  3. Margaret Hedstrom, "Research challenges in digital archiving and long-term preservation." NSF Post Digital Library Futures Workshop, Chatham, Mass., USA, 15-17 June 2003:
  4. Stephen L. Abrams and David Seaman, "Towards a global digital format registry." 69th IFLA General Conference and Council, Berlin, Germany, 1-9 August 2003:

Maintained by: Michael Day, UKOLN, University of Bath.
Last updated: 27-Aug-2003.