Preservation Metadata Implementation Strategies (PREMIS)


PREMIS for Preservation

The PREMIS (external link) maintenance activity is responsible for maintaining, supporting, and coordinating future revisions to the PREMIS data dictionary.

The Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies Working Group, convened by OCLC (external link) and RLG (external link) , initially developed the PREMIS data dictionary as a specification with the goal of creating an implementable set of "core" preservation metadata elements, with broad applicability within the digital preservation community. Supporting XML schemas allow for implementation of the core metadata element set and are maintained in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress.

The PREMIS data dictionary is a defacto standard in the digital preservation community.

"The Data Dictionary (external link) is a comprehensive resource for the implementation of preservation metadata in digital library systems.  It consists of a core set of standardized data elements that are recommended for repositories to manage and perform the preservation function.  These crucial functions include actions to make the digital objects useable over time, keeping them viable, or readable, displayable and kept intact, all for the purpose of future access.” -  Library of Congress website (external link)

Our involvement

The National Library of New Zealand currently chairs the Editorial Committee.