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From the ISO site: "ISO 14721:2003 specifies a reference model for an open archival information system (OAIS). The purpose of this ISO 14721:2003 is to establish a system for archiving information, both digitalized and physical, with an organizational scheme composed of people who accept the responsibility to preserve information and make it available to a designated community.

This reference model addresses a full range of archival information preservation functions including ingest, archival storage, data management, access, and dissemination. It also addresses the migration of digital information to new media and forms, the data models used to represent the information, the role of software in information preservation, and the exchange of digital information among archives. It identifies both internal and external interfaces to the archive functions, and it identifies a number of high-level services at these interfaces. It provides various illustrative examples and some "best practice" recommendations. It defines a minimal set of responsibilities for an archive to be called an OAIS, and it also defines a maximal archive to provide a broad set of useful terms and concepts.

The OAIS model described in ISO 14721:2003 may be applicable to any archive. It is specifically applicable to organizations with the responsibility of making information available for the long term. This includes organizations with other responsibilities, such as processing and distribution in response to programmatic needs." (ISO 14721:2003)


OAIS Evaluation

The Digital Repositories Programme support team have produced a report evaluating the applicability of OAIS across different types of repositories. The report is available here:

  • OAIS as a reference model for repositories : an evaluation

Comments and feedback are welcome, please send to j.allinson@ukoln.ac.uk

Presentation to JISC Programme Meeting

OAIS as a reference model for repositories. Presentation at the JISC Repositories and Preservation Programme Meeting, Frameworks and Services session, London, 25th October 2006 (MIME type: application/vnd.ms-powerpoint)

OAIS five year review

OAIS five year review

Links and further information

Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS). Blue Book. Issue 1. January 2002
http://public.ccsds.org/publications/archive/650x0b1.pdf (148 pages; PDF)

This Recommendation has been adopted as ISO 14721:2003

ISO archiving standards - overview; contains some presentations and further information about the reference model

The RLG's Digital Repository Certification Project has produced a draft audit checklist for repositories:

RLG's OAIS activities include examples of institutions using OAIS as a repositories reference model

Lavoie, Brian The open archival information system reference model : introductory guide. Digital Preservation Coalition web site (http://www.dpconline.org)
http://www.dpconline.org/docs/lavoie_OAIS.pdf (useful overview)

Digital Library Foundation. DLF service framework for digital libraries, site includes a progress report with an illustration of the service framework applied to OAIS

The JISC Programme, Supporting Digital Preservation and Asset Management in Institutions (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/index.cfm?name=programme_404), has funded the following report:

Assessment of UK Data Archive and The National Archives compliance with OAIS/METS

This Programme also includes the PRESERV and Sherpa DP projects, see:
Repositories and preservation cluster

The Digital Curation Centre (DSCC - http://www.dcc.ac.uk/) are preparing a manual with an instalment on OAIS, see

The DCC hosted a workshop on Long-term Curation within Digital Repositories in July 2005, presentations cover audit and certification, see:

Bekaert, Jeroen and Van de Sompel, Herbert . 'Access Interfaces for Open Archival Information Systems based on the OAI-PMH and the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services', paper for PV2005
http://arxiv.org/abs/cs.DL/0509090 or http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/events/pv-2005/pv-2005-final-papers/032.pdf

Lucas, Arnaud. 'XFDU packaging contribution to an implementation of the OAIS reference model', paper for PV2005