Implementing Open Archival Information System Model for Digital Preservation at Indian Institute of Geomagnetism

Chandra, Smita; A. Gokhale, Pratibha
July 2012
DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology;Jul2012, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p327
Academic Journal
The Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model ensures that an organisation charged with the task of preserving information (here, digital information) makes it accessible to the designated community in the long-term. It elucidates the functions and processes so as to promote interoperability amongst digital libraries, archives and other institutions and provides a framework for describing and comparing different long-term digital preservation strategies and techniques. This paper discusses what it means to be OAIS compliant for the pilot institutional repository at the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG). It maps the six entities of an OAIS-compliant repository (Ingest, archival storage, administration, data management, preservation planning and access) onto a pilot institutional repository (IR) structure of the IIG. It discusses the policies and procedures required for effective OAIS implementation within the IIG institutional repository and ways to effectively develop these based on experiences from abroad. The paper further assesses how the institute's operational structure can be informed by the OAIS and vice versa. It establishes the role of the preservation service provider for the IIG IR, and explores the potential for interaction between IIG and such service providers.It identifies the rights and responsibilities, services and actions, and apportions these between the IR and the third-party preservation repository service. It identifies the tools and develops the processes to implement the preservation services and actions. It is expected that this study can be of use to other organisations that might want to undertake implementation of the OAIS reference model.


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