Digital preservation: The Open Archival Information System Reference Model

OCLC just released an introductory guide to the Open Archival Information System Reference Model (OASIS).
This adresses the growing concerns over digital preservation: how we will ensure that the staggering amounts of digital information is preserved for a long time?
“The central concept in the reference model is that of an open archival information system (OAIS)7. The term open refers to the fact that the reference model was developed and released in an open public forum, in which any interested party was encouraged to participate. An archival information system is “an organization of people and systems that has accepted the responsibility to preserve information and make it available for a Designated Community.â€?8 This definition emphasizes two primary functions for an archival repository: first, to preserve information – i.e., to secure its long-term persistence – and second, to provide access to the archived information, in a manner consistent with the needs of the OAIS’s primary users”

Read the full report here.