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Long-Term Preservation Research

Using sample content collected in the project, GSLIS researchers will carry out long-range research on techniques for migrating the semantic content of documents (and document structures) across generations of encoding schemes. Advances in automated markup interpretation and inference will be applied to the problems of long-term digital preservation.

Samples of early research activities include:

  • examining uses of the term 'digital object' and implications of the object-oriented view of digital resources;

  • characterizing the differences between "content management systems," "digital library systems," and "digital object repository systems;"

  • analyzing METS via a system for modeling markup semantics (BECHAMEL) with the aim to make recommendations on how metadata can be best encoded for long term preservation of and access to the digital resource that it describes.

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