Long-Term Preservation of Electronic Theses and Dissertations: A Case Study in Preservation Planning

C. Becker, S. Strodl, R. Neumayer, A. Rauber, E. Bettelli, M. Kaiser:
"Long-Term Preservation of Electronic Theses and Dissertations: A Case Study in Preservation Planning";
Vortrag: Proceedings of the 9th Russian Conference on Digital Libraries (RCDL 2007), Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russland; 15.10.2007 - 18.10.2007; in:"Digital Libraries: Advanced Methods and Technologies, Digital collections", Pereslavl-Zalessky (2007), Paper-Nr. 22, 7 S.

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Abstract:


An increasing number of institutions throughout the world face legal obligations to collect and preserve digital objects over years.
A range of tools exist today to support the variety of preservation strategies such as migration or emulation. Yet, different preservation requirements across institutions and settings make the decision on which solution to implement very difficult. The Austrian National Library will have to preserve electronic theses and dissertations provided in PDF. It is thus investigating potential preservation solutions. The preservation planning approach taken in the PLANETS
project is used to evaluate various alternatives with respect to specific requirements. It provides an approach to make informed and
accountable decisions on which solution to implement in order to preserve digital objects for a given purpose. We analyse the
performance of various preservation strategies with respect to the specified requirements for the preservation of masterĀ“s theses and
dissertations and present the results.