Jordi Serra is
Director of the Master’s
Degree on Records and Information
Management of the University
of Barcelona. He has worked as head records manager of several
Departments of the autonomous Government of Catalonia, and has experience
as expert consultant in records and information
management, process improvement
and digital preservation both
in public and private
sector. He has been teaching
for more than twenty years about electronic records
management, process analysis
and digital preservation for several
universities and professional organizations.
He has been member of DLM-Forum on electronic
records, and now is board
member of the Association of Catalan Archivists, in charge of research and development.
example of digital preservation
policies and learning programs
as a new business opportunity for consulting
This communication presents some consultancy experiences developed in Latin America using the Digital Preservation Europe’s PLATTER
model to develop an Institutional Digital Preservation
Policy and a learning program, explain what has been the results and thinks about this as a new business opportunity for archivists.
Digital preservation becomes every day more
collaborative and prone
to outsourcing. Technical
solutions and services are available to solve most of the digital preservation issues, specially for administrative purposes (textual documents and data preservation). And the market of digital preservation
in the cloud is expected to grow increasingly in the next years. So, few digital archives will need to develop his own digital preservation infraestructure, as it find cloud services that cover its needs.
However here appears another business opportunity, that’s how a traditional archive, without experience in preserving
digital records, can know which
are its needs and risks, what services are optimal for them, and how it could contract, use, control and maintain this services. This archive needs a reliable and detailed Preservation policy and strategy, based on
an standard model, and
a strictly responsibilities
allocation to ensure the institutional commitment over time. This communication will talk about this new business
opportunity for consulting
and professional teaching, based
on experiences developed
in Latin America using the Digital Preservation Europe’s PLATTER
model for preservation policy
design, and the experience of University of
Barcelona for digital preservation learning programs design.
The main contributions of this communication are explained in the next field.
(Write communication will be presented in english, and oral in catalan).
An specific use of a model like PLATTER, mapped with TRAC (ISO 16363)
and others, to define de structure of the digital preservation policy, at two levels: policy statements and responsibilites,
and preservation strategy
about processes, information
objects and file formats.
A particular interpretation of the use of OAIS
submission agreement concept integrated with the appraisal
schedules, to integrate the preservation of all the records and information
in a single preservation process
map despite its format and phisical support.
A model to explain and make understandable
the digital preservation
concepts, and to train archives professionals with
no IT skills to maintain
and update a preservation
A detection of new business opportunities for archivists and records managers, for the traditional archival methodologies, and also for consulting on public and private sector.
digital preservation, preservation policy, preservation strategy, preservation file
formats, PLATTER, OAIS,
submission agreement, consulting, learning program