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Published on September 18, 2007

Author: Malbern


Assessing the Durability of Formats in a Digital Preservation Environment: the INFORM Methodology:  Assessing the Durability of Formats in a Digital Preservation Environment: the INFORM Methodology Andreas Stanescu Software Architect Digital Collections and Preservation Services Introducing INFORM method:  Introducing INFORM method INFORM methodology - (INvestigation of FOrmats based on Risk Management) Why it is necessary What it does and how it works How it is used for preservation planning In the beginning…:  In the beginning… Digital longevity - media and formats Too many digital formats Many are obsolete Save our cultural heritage Today’s decisions affect future uses First steps:  First steps Measure first, act later Poor decisions are costly Assess the quality of the digital format Understand significant properties Other systems and methods Measurement systems:  Measurement systems Measurement process Units of measurement Measure distance, weight, worth Transform into different scales Communicate results INFORM measurement system:  INFORM measurement system Measures threats to preservation Defines process and units Digital format specifications Dependencies Software and hardware dependencies Associated organizations How it works:  How it works Identify subject areas Experts’ judgment Probability of risk Impact of risk Reviewers’ expertise and justification Measurement results:  Measurement results All experts’ opinions are collated As good as the group of experts Scalable Reusable Different reporting methods Using the results:  Using the results Method is descriptive, not prescriptive Suggest 3 action zones: watch, plan, act Individual archivists’ aversion to risk High risk or impact, immediate action Monitor trends Use the INFORM method:  Use the INFORM method Forecast and prioritize immediate needs Content creation and publication Content acquisition and collection building Preservation plans Migration strategies Next steps:  Next steps Get involved by testing the method in your archive Collaborate your assessment results Test it for any digital formats Questions?:  Questions? Conclusion:  Conclusion Unique, practical way to measure preservation viability Creates a foundation for communication Enhances success rates Builds a history of analysis over time Scalable and reusable Control costs and forecast needs For more information:  For more information Contact me: Introduction in D-Lib Magazine, November issue Full report in Emerald Journals

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