A Framework for Distributed Preservation Workflows

Rainer Schmidt, Ross King, Andrew Jackson, Carl Wilson, Fabian Steeg, Peter Melms

2010, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 205-217

doi:10.2218/ijdc.v5i1.154


Abstract


The Planets Project is developing a service-oriented environment for the definition and evaluation of preservation strategies for human-centric data. It focuses on the question of logically preserving digital materials, as opposed to the physical preservation of content bit-streams. This includes the development of preservation tools for the automated characterisation, migration, and comparison of different types of Digital Objects as well as the emulation of their original runtime environment in order to ensure long-time access and interpretability. The Planets integrated environment provides a number of end-user applications that allow data curators to execute and scientifically evaluate preservation experiments based on composable preservation services. In this paper, we focus on the middleware and programming model and show how it can be utilised in order to create complex preservation workflows.

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