Presentation on theme: "PREMIS Conformance Brian Lavoie Research Scientist OCLC PREMIS Implementation Fair San Francisco, CA October 7, 2009."— Presentation transcript:
PREMIS Conformance Brian Lavoie Research Scientist OCLC firstname.lastname@example.org PREMIS Implementation Fair San Francisco, CA October 7, 2009
PREMIS Conformance Experience in implementation, managing, and using PREMIS semantic units growing Corresponding need to cultivate deeper understanding of what it means to be “PREMIS conformant” Need new conformance statement that is more detailed and more actionable Detailed: precise definition of what conformance means in light of emerging use cases; Actionable: of practical use as resource for assessing conformance of a given PREMIS implementation Subgroup within PREMIS Editorial Committee formed Brian Lavoie, Rebecca Guenther, Priscilla Caplan, Angela Dappert, Sally Vermaaten, Yair Brama
Current conformance principles (v1.0 & v2.0) “PREMIS conformance requires a preservation repository to follow the specifications outlined in the Data Dictionary.” Specific guidelines dealing with name collision, schema overlap, “mandatoryness”, data constraints, exchange, … Distills down into four basic conformance principles: WEAK PRINCIPLE OF USE: If you use a PREMIS semantic unit, you must follow the requirements and constraints prescribed in the Dictionary for that semantic unit to be conformant. STRONG PRINCIPLE OF USE: If you implement the PREMIS Data Dictionary, you must implement the mandatory semantic units to be conformant. WEAK PRINCIPLE OF EXCHANGE: If you exchange a PREMIS semantic unit with another entity, the semantic unit must adhere to the specifications prescribed in the Dictionary to be conformant. STRONG PRINCIPLE OF EXCHANGE: If you exchange a complete set of preservation metadata with another entity, the metadata must include all mandatory PREMIS semantic units to be conformant.
Conformance: a new look Develop new PREMIS conformance statement: Dictionary & schema likely to be stable for foreseeable future Critical mass of implementation experiences to identify practical needs & requirements Goals: Conformance statement that resembles “checklist” Primary for repository self-assessment Oriented toward small set of key PREMIS conformance use cases Editorial Committee subgroup Draft/analyze use cases Produce draft conformance statement Submit to Editorial Committee for review and comment
Use cases for conformance Inter-repository exchange e.g., TIPR project Repository certification e.g., TRAC Registries e.g., PRONOM, United Digital Format Registry Automated workflows/reusable tools e.g., SIP/AIP processing Vendor support e.g., Ex Libris Rosetta
Issues, etc. Scope: does conformance include guidelines for schema validation, use of controlled vocabularies, etc.? Mandatory semantic units: clearer notion of what mandatory elements in the PREMIS Data Dictionary represent (or equivalently, what “mandatory” means) Multiple levels of conformance: Across different degrees of DD implementation: if repository uses only a small number of semantic units, this would support a minimal rather than optimal conformance. Across use cases: different use case requirements may lead to different notions of conformance. Current status: Use cases drafted; analysis and synthesis underway Conformance statement ready for public release by end of fall
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