From Nancy McGovern, Director, Digital Preservation Management Workshops; Head, Curation and Preservation Services, MIT Libraries
I am very pleased to announce the public release of Digital Preservation Management tools (http://dpworkshop.org/workshops/management-tools) that we have been developing since the launch of our DPM workshops in 2003. As with the DPM model that is at the core of the DPM workshops, we intend for the tools to be useful to organizations and individuals in developing a right-sized and sustainable digital preservation programs.
In demonstrating organizational readiness, there is a tool or technique to assist organizations in addressing and developing documentation in each of these areas:
- Principles: Adopt standards-based principles (DCP principles)
- Policy: Develop a high-level policy framework (DP model document)
- Scope: Complete a digital content review to define program scope (DCR process)
- Workflow: Document workflows to improve and automate (DCM workflows)
- Preparedness: Extend disaster preparedness to include digital (disaster planning)
- Self-assessment: Engage in self-assessment to gauge progress (self-assessment)
The DPM tools were developed in part as an unintended outcome of the current DPMW grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). We are developing and maintaining the DPM tools using limited resources as part of our ongoing commitment to the workshop curriculum, so we appreciate your patience with the pace of our responses.
The tools available under a Creative Commons license – we really want to promote their use. We will also be updating the tools and adding a tool or two more as we go along. We are always happy to receive feedback – nothing would be better than to move towards the next version of each of the tools based on experiences (ours and yours) in using them.