NOST Hosts Archiving Workshop
Volume 14, Number 3, September 1998
By Donald Sawyer and Jerry
Digital Archive Directions Workshop Extremely Successful
Archive Directions (DADs) Workshop was held at the
National Archive and Records
Administration (NARA) facility in College Park, Maryland, from
June 22-26 , 1998. Participation was broad, including people
supporting various NASA archives across multiple disciplines, other
government agencies, various academic institutions,
the Research Libraries Group
(RLG)and several U.K. archives for science and academic
The workshop was extremely successful in achieving its objectives:
- To publicize the emerging
Consultative Committee for Space
Data Systems (CCSDS) ISO
Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System
(OAIS) through a tutorial session and gain acceptance
of the reference model, obtain comments, and proposed enhancements
to the model from this broad community of archive providers and
- To seek and find common interest in developing various
recommended practices, standards, and reports addressing archival
issues and document these as possible work items under various
organizations including ISO Technical Committee 20/Sub-Committee
13 and the CCSDS.
The workshop was organized into an open session and a closed
session. The open session consisted of a two-hour tutorial on the
reference model and 12 invited presentations to identify the state of
the art in related standards and practices. The closed session was
based on the submission of a position paper on some archival need or
issue. The closed session was organized into three parallel sessions
- Working Group 1: Administration and Procedures - eight papers.
- Working Group 2: Ingest and Storage - eight papers.
- Working Group 3: Data Management and Access - ten papers.
The morning of the last day was devoted to ax plenary session that
included reports from the Working Groups and Plenary recommendations.
There were two categories of recommendations that came from the
DADs Workshop. The first category came from the working groups; these
recommendations were basically technical in nature and included
comments on the OAIS Reference Model and suggestions for future
standardization topics such as the following:
- Data Ingest Methodology.
- Archival Submission Information Package Standard.
- Standard Consumer Archive Interface.
Further recommendations and details can be found in the final
workshop r able about the end of September
1998 from the DADs Web Site at
The second category of recommendations came from the plenary
meeting that occurred on the last day of the workshop, and these
recommendations tended to have a management or administrative
orientation. Because these three recommendations have far reaching
implications to the future of the program, they are provided below:
- A plenary recommendation was that it would be useful to
investigate the feasibility, practicality, and utility of
establishing an international consortium, organized around the
Reference Model, that would be responsible for developing a
consensus understanding across a wide variety of communities
facing digital archive needs. The consortium would promote
cooperative efforts regarding digital archives. This
responsibility would include facilitating progression and
acceptance of digital archive best practices and standards,
developing accreditation guidelines for archives and championing
standard software capabilities.
- A second recommendation from the plenary was the need for
continued near-term coordination and cooperation across bodies
concerned with digital archiving. Critical to this objective is
the need to widen the review of the OAIS Reference Model to assure
it services the needs of the global digital archiving community.
In this regard, one of the suggestions that came from and was
accepted by the plenary was that there should be another workshop,
as soon as practical, with invited participants from a variety of
organizations who should have an interest in the reference model
and the workshop recommendations. Attendees would be presented an
overview of the Reference Model and the recommendations from the
DADs Workshop. The principal objectives of this second workshop
would be to obtain feedback (1) on the Reference Model and the
recommendations from the DADs Workshop, as to their
appropriateness and criticality to the communities represented and
(2) on the invited organizations' interest in supporting an
international archival consortium.
- A third plenary recommendation is that accreditation of
archives is important and should be pursued, but that it can only
be accomplished when best practices are in place. Also, it was
believed that best practices are probably somewhat
community-dependent, and therefore accreditation principles would
have to be evolved and accreditation specifics that are
community-specific would have to be developed.
The level of enthusiasm for the work on the reference model and
the desire to follow up to create more of this type of synergism was
extremely gratifying. Many attendees remarked on how much useful
information they had obtained from the workshop.
For more information about the OAIS Reference Model or the DADs
Workshop, readers are directed to the Web site at
Opportunities to participate in future work and related workshops
can be indicated by following the directions at the ISO archiving Web
pages starting at
Alternatively, please contact Donald Sawyer or John Garrett
directly for further information.
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