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Experiment, Document & Decide: a Collaborative Approach to Preservation Planning at the BnF


Bertrand Caron

Thomas Ledoux

Stéphane Reecht

Jean-Philippe Tramoni


School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


The National Library of France (BnF) has recently implemented a new module for its Scalable Preservation and Archiving Repository (SPAR) to set up preservation strategies based on formats, agents, workflows, tools and tests, and managed as reference packages in the Archive.

This module aims to fulfill an objective: for SPAR to be fully self-documented. Formats, agents and workflows are formally described and preserved along with the Information packages in which such elements are involved. Although this was a feature that was included from the beginnings of SPAR, the new Preservation Planning module aims to provide a tool that can more easily build these reference packages and that will more closely involve domain experts and the IT department in the processes of preservation planning. But the main innovation lies in the documentation of decisions that directed their selection as standards in SPAR: test data are now preserved as a new kind of reference package.

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Preservation planning, decision documentation, community involvement

Conferences, Conference 2015

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o:429627 Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Digital Preservation
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