Five Flavors of Open Access from DuraSpace: PERMANENT

Winchester, MA  Open access to institutional assets such as special collections, the published results of research, theses and dissertations and data sets are at the heart of defining an institution’s long-term impact on scholarship. Digital resources that have been made “preservation ready” will remain durable so that they can be accessed by students, scholars and the public far into the future. Digital preservation requires planning to ensure that meeting institutional strategic goals are part of the process. The following resources will be of interest to those who are planning for preservation of key digital assets.

Tools and strategies for planning

Assessing Preservation Readiness


Liz Bishoff and Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant, Digital and Preservation Services, LYRASIS, presented a web seminar entitled “Assessing Preservation Readiness,” on February 7, 2012. Bishoff explained,  “Planning for preservation of digital collections using a collection assessment framework is crucial to achieving institutional success. We will review best practices and tools for achieving a good plan during this web seminar.”

Digital preservation use cases
Preservation Planning Success Stories


Learn how strategic planning facilitated the implementation of institutional digital preservation programs in this web seminar. Presenters from the University of North Carolina, the University of Oregon and Orbis Cascade Alliance share their preservation strategies and practices and experiences in developing a digital preservation plan and outline the steps involved in implementation.

Soup to nuts on managing digital assets for long-term access
Understanding Digital Curation: The Digital Curation Resource Guide from Digital Scholarship


The Digital Curation Resource Guide offers a comprehensive set of resources for understanding processes and best practices around digital resource curation. Over 200 selected English-language websites and documents are highlighted that are useful in understanding and practicing digital curation. It covers academic programs, discussion lists and groups, glossaries, file formats and guidelines, metadata standards and vocabularies, models, organizations, policies, research data management, serials and blogs, services and vendor software, software and tools, and training. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 3.0 Unported License.