Digital Archive Directions (DADs) Workshop

(A part of the ISO Archiving Workshop Series)





Digital Archive Directions (DADs) Workshop

DATE: June 22-26, 1998

HOST: The National Archives and Records Administration
Archives II
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001



The explosive growth of information in digital form is stretching the ability of traditional archives and reference libraries to ensure its accessibility and usability to future users. In addition, technology evolution is causing hardware and software systems to become obsolete in a few years resulting in inaccessible media formats and data structures.

This situation poses a severe challenge to traditional data storage archives, and to many national and international organizations in the government, commercial, and non-profit sectors. These organizations are finding that they need to co-opt information preservation functions normally associated with traditional archives, because digital information is so easily lost or corrupted. For reference libraries, the increased volume situation is exacerbated by the need to provide accessibility to information in a variety of digital forms - forms that are a very recent requirement on these libraries. None of the organizations, in these communities, can afford to go it alone and "reinvent their own version of the wheel." Recognizing this, many organizations have formed some type of association, either formal or informal, to deal with these problems.

These conditions argue strongly for having widely applicable standard processes and tools to effect low cost management and utilization of digital archives. Some of these standards may exist or be under development within a given community. It is important that these communities not "reinvent the wheel" to satisfy needs that are potentially more global in nature.

How can such reinvention - intended or not - be prevented? One way is to provide forums where problems and their potential solutions can be presented and discussed. To this end, a wide-ranging collection of organizations are sponsoring a workshop to discover what exists, is under development or what needs to be developed to meet the needs of communities facing the problems of ever more extensive and complex digital archive environments.

To provide a context for organizing digital archive topics and for comparing archival environments, the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS), an international standards development organization, at the direction of ISO TC20/SC13, has developed a Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System. This reference model was used to organize the contributed position papers and the working group sessions at this workshop.

This workshop was sponsored by:

Wider Views

Overview of the DADs Workshop
Overview of US Effort
Overview of International Effort


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Author: DADs Workshop Program Committee ( +1.301.286.3575
Curator: John Garrett ( +1.301.286.3575
Responsible Official: Code 633.2 / Don Sawyer ( +1.301.286.2748
Last Revised: 25 February 1999, John Garrett