Preservation Resources

File integrity software

There are many free or cheap software programmes available on the internet for file integrity checking using the open-source MD5 checksum. Some that you may want to try are:

Fastsum - for Windows platforms

ImageIngester - for Windows or Mac

Exactfile - for Windows

Most versions of Linux have an MD5 checker, md5sum, included in their distro. You can find out more about the Ubuntu version here.

Free software and tutorials online

Two sources of free training and software to assist with preservation processes in your organisation are:

Digitisation of Heritage Materials - Free software training and downloads provided by the National Library of Australia

Digital Preservation Management tutorial - a free online tutorial on digital preservation management

New Zealand Resources

Digital Preservation at the National Library of New Zealand - Sun Microsystems Case Study of the National Digital Heritage Archive, 2009

Preservation Information Booklets - National Preservation Office, National Library of New Zealand

Institutional Repositories in New Zealand: Comparing Institutional Strategies for Digital Preservation and Discovery -Brenda Chawner, Rowena Cullen, 2008

Overseas Resources

Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs - a Guide for Librarians and Archivists - Fred R Byers, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S.A.

UKOLN (UK Office for Library and Information Networking) - a resource centre jointly funded by MLA and JISC in the U.K.

Preservation Management of Digital Material Handbook - Digital Preservation Coalition Handbook

Preserving Access to Digital Information Resource Gateway - a preservation portal for international resources provided by the National Library of Australia

Digital Preservation: Managing Digital Collections - a page of resources about initiatives and innovative projects relating to Digital Preservation

Preservation Policy - OCLC Digital Archive Preservation Policy and Supporting Documentation, 2006

A Guide to Distributed Digital Preservation - Edited by Katherine Skinner and Matt Schultz, Educopia, 2010

Recommended Reading

Plenty of Room at the Bottom? Personal Digital Libraries and Collections - Neil Beagrie, D-Lib Magazine, 2005

Changing Trains in Wigan: Digital Preservation and the Future of Scholarship - Dr Seamus Ross, National Preservation Office, U.K., 2000

Public Sector Readiness for Digital Preservation - Dr. Daniel G. Dorner, Dr. Chern Li Liew and Mark Crookston, Victoria University of Wellington, 2006