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Digital PreservationDigital Preservation Program Overview

The J. Willard Marriott Library has a mandate to preserve its unique collections in whatever form they exist. When it comes to digital materials, this can be a challenge because they are inherently fragile and can be difficult to maintain in the present while making sure they stay readable and useful for future generations.

In response to these challenges, we have created a Digital Preservation Program within the Library. The mission of the program is to preserve and sustain long-term accessibility to the unique digital collections housed within the Library.

The first steps towards the program are:

a) Research digital preservation concepts and strategies.

b) Assess the needs of the Library in the area of digital preservation.

c) Begin educating staff and librarians about digital preservation and its relation to Library collections.

d) Create a digital preservation policy, intended to be the highest-level digital preservation document at the Library. The policy makes explicit the objectives and priorities of the program.

e) Research and purchase a digital preservation software system and began implementing the software throughout the Library.

We are currently in the middle of the last step, having purchased the Ex Libris digital preservation system Rosetta. Implementation will be ongoing throughout 2013. Stay tuned to our What's Happening NOW? section for more details as they come. For more information about Digital Preservation, check our our Research Guide!

Contact the Library's Digital Preservation Archivist for more information. or 801.581.8594

Our policy was initially created in 2010, over two years before we purchased a digital preservation system. Due to this timing, we structured our policy to include not only high-level policy decision making, but also our basic plan for implementing our policy once a digital preservation system was settled on.

Therefore, the policy is broken into three main sections. The first section covers the highest-level attributes of our program.

  • Purpose
  • Mandate
  • Objectives
  • Scope
  • Attributes and Responsibilities
  • Challenges and Incentives
  • Operating Principles
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Cooperation and Collaboration
  • Selection and Acquisition
  • Access and Use

The second section aims to detail specific responsibilities of various stakeholders and gives more detail into our requirements from a digital preservation system.

  • Policies and Procedures
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Collection Owner Responsibilities
  • Collection Manager Responsibilities
  • Digital Preservation Program Responsibilities
  • Quality Creation and Benchmarking
  • Selection and Acquisition Policies and Procedures
  • Transfer Requirements and Deposit Guidelines
  • SIP Requirements
  • Deposit Agreement Requirements and Responsibilities
  • Access and Use Policies
  • Digital Archive Operations
  • Platform Requirements and Procedures

The third section deals with how we aim to implement and publicize our digital preservation program, once its fully functioning.

  • Implementing the Policy
  • Publicizing and Promulgating the Policy and Plan

As we have recently purchased a digital preservation system and are in the process of implementing it, this document will likely undergo some significant changes in sections two and three over the course of 2013 and 2014. The link to our current policy is below.

View Digital Preservation Policy

The full implementation of our digital preservation software system (Rosetta) is at least a two year project, with additional time needed for ingesting legacy, non-standard archival digital material into the system.

During our initial Rosetta implementation, we are:

  • Creating unique workflows for preserving both new and legacy digital collections
  • Creating a custiomized SIP (Submission Information Package) Tool for automated ingest of large batch items into the system
  • Associating archival objects submitted into our Digital Archive with their derivatives held in our Digital Asset Management (DAM) software for coordination between the two repositories. This will be done using Archival Resource Keys (ARKs).

Phase One (Sept 2012 - Mid to late 2013)

  • Affects Digital Ventures, Digital Operations, Metadata, Application Programming divisions within Library
  • Develop automated workflow to ingest all legacy archival objects (and select metadata) currently in DAM into Rosetta
  • Develop automated workflow for new collections going forward to be ingested into Rosetta as well as DAM
  • Develop SIP Tool for automated ingest of data into both systems

Phase Two (Mid to late 2013 - 2014)

  • Affects USpace, MMA, Manuscripts, Rare Books, Fine Arts & Architecture, Digital Scholarship Lab divisions within Library
  • Library staff/librarian Rosetta training
  • Develop workflows to get divisions ingesting objects they digitize (or create digitally) into Rosetta if they fit the preservation policy.

Along with the Rosetta implementation, the J. Willard Marriott Library is engaged in several other digital preservation-related projects.

One of these is the University of Utah Web Archive project in which selected University and community websites are being crawled and archived via the Internet Archive's web archiving tool, Archive-It.

Another key project is the Library E-Research Task Force's efforts to engage University faculty to determine their data curation needs as the Library prepares to fulfill both preservation and curation needs for certain faculty. You can learn a little more more about this ongoing project in the Library's Research Data LibGuide.

What's Happening NOW? section last updated 02/28/2013.


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