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Seeing Standards: A Visualization of the Metadata Universe

posted Aug 18, 2011, 8:57 AM by Eldon Rogers

thumbnail of visualization

Poster of visualization (PDF, 36in x 108in)
Metadata standard glossary, poster form (PDF, 36in x 41in)
Metadata standard glossary, pamphlet form (PDF)

The sheer number of metadata standards in the cultural heritage sector is overwhelming, and their inter-relationships further complicate the situation. This visual map of the metadata landscape is intended to assist planners with the selection and implementation of metadata standards.

Each of the 105 standards listed here is evaluated on its strength of application to defined categories in each of four axes: community, domain, function, and purpose. The strength of a standard in a given category is determined by a mixture of its adoption in that category, its design intent, and its overall appropriateness for use in that category.

The standards represented here are among those most heavily used or publicized in the cultural heritage community, though certainly not all standards that might be relevant are included. A small set of the metadata standards plotted on the main visualization also appear as highlights
above the graphic. These represent the most commonly known or discussed standards for cultural heritage metadata.

New Survey: Raw Data and Nonstandard File Formats as Electronic Records

posted Aug 18, 2011, 8:21 AM by Eldon Rogers

The Hanford Site Records Community is currently debating the challenging topic of raw data and nonstandard file formats as electronic records.  As the digital age evolves here at Hanford, we are seeing raw data files and/or nonstandard file formats being submitted accompanying our correspondence as well as defined as contract deliverables.


We are seeking peer input regarding raw data and nonstandard file formats.  Please take a few moments to complete the 6 survey questions below:


1.       Do you have an electronic record's system?


2.       If you have an electronic records system do you have established "acceptable file formats" for your electronic record system?  (Examples, PDF, MS Office PPT, DOC, XLS, TIFF, JPG, etc.)


3.       Do you accept raw data as a record or is it considered nonrecord?


4.       Do you accept raw data and/or nonstandard file formats for storage in your electronic record system?


5.       Do you require the software applications that create the raw data and/or nonstandard file format be preserved?  If so, how is the records community involved?


6.       What issues are you facing regarding raw data and/or nonstandard file formats as electronic record?

Thank you in advance, we value peer sharing.  Please advise if you would like a copy of survey results.

Deb Martin

Lead Records Management Specialist

R&CM RIM Operations

Next Technology in the Evolution of Compression/Deduplication

posted Jul 26, 2011, 8:21 AM by Michael Peterson   [ updated Jul 26, 2011, 8:25 AM ]

Native Format Optimization, NFO, Launched by "balesio AG" in Switzerland

balesio Native Format Optimization Technology (NFO)

balesio's native data reduction appliances and software solutions provide storage capacity optimization through NFO technology.

Our solutions optimize unstructured data on primary storage by 50-90% and help enterprises to optimize existing storage capacities as well as to flatten rapid data storage growth without impacting storage and network performance. On the contrary, the native data optimization increases the performance of data throughput and network operations. Easy to install and use, our solutions support any type of storage and no infrastructure changes are necessary.

Our NFO technology is composed of a comprehensive set of content-aware native optimization algorithms especially developed for unstructured file formats such as Microsoft Office files, PowerPoint presentations and images. Our technology reduces the footprint of these files by up to 50 times while preserving the original file format, making a subsequent rehydration or decompression unnecessary.

balesio's native format optimization technology provides enterprises the following benefits:

Native data reduction of unstructured files by 50-90%
Performance increase due to smaller file sizes
Visually lossless data reduction
Significant data reduction on unstructured files (represent 70-80% of total primary storage)
Fully transparent
Agnostic to applications, networks, storage
No file rehydration necessary
Complementary to any other storage efficiency technology (deduplication, archiving, etc.)
High availability
Data is always available and at any time
Deploys seamlessly into high-availability environments

AXF A New Container Format

posted May 27, 2011, 2:55 PM by Michael Peterson   [ updated May 27, 2011, 2:58 PM ]

Front Porch Digital Debuts the Archive Format of the Future

DIVArchive® V7.0 Incorporates AXF the Industry’s Long-Awaited Open Storage Format

April 10, 2011 — Front Porch Digital today announced that its DIVArchive® V7.0 will mark the debut of the new Archive eXchange Format (AXF), an open digital storage format set to revolutionize interoperability among systems, making future media workflows more secure, seamless, and efficient than ever before. Being content and storage technology agnostic, the new AXF format provides the world’s most open, flexible, dynamic, and protected mechanism for file-based archive, preservation, and exchange.

Front Porch Digital based AXF on a file and storage media agnostic encapsulation approach that abstracts the underlying file systems, operating systems, and storage technologies making the format truly open. The AXF object contains any type, any number, and any size of files along with structured and unstructured metadata, checksum and provenance information, full indexing structures, and more, all in a single, fully self-describing, encapsulated package. Since the AXF object itself contains the complete file system, all of the complexities and limitations of the underlying storage technology, operating system, and file system are avoided and the same AXF object can exist on data tape, spinning disk, flash, optical media, or other storage technology now and into the future.

Discussion Group Added

posted May 23, 2011, 10:04 PM by Michael Peterson

The LTDPRM Community now has an active discussion forum in Google Groups that is linked and displayed through the [Discussion & Wiki] pages of this site. 

Anyone can post directly to the forum by sending an email to  Join us in elevating the value of this community by adding your comments, discuss content we currently have posted, and help develop and post new content. 

Join for full access to the site. 

Defining a "Level 1" Digital Archive System

posted May 19, 2011, 3:22 PM by Michael Peterson   [ updated May 23, 2011, 11:21 AM ]

Participate in development of the definition of the minimum requirements ("Level 1" in a Capability Maturity Model context) needed to call a system or a service a "digital archive".   

At both the PASIG and Archiving 2011 events the call went out for the industry to agree on this definition in response to confusion over terminology and over capabilities of services competing in the marketplace.  LTDPRM is responding to that request and inviting practitioners world-wide to come and comment on the proposed definition.   

Make comments at "What is a Digital Archive?" 

NIST Guide to Cloud Computing

posted May 14, 2011, 10:01 AM by Michael Peterson   [ updated May 14, 2011, 10:06 AM ]

Public Review Request for this Guide

Besides the review request, this is a good guideline to Cloud Computing and Services

PASIG - The Preservation and Archiving SIG User Group Conference

posted Apr 20, 2011, 8:34 AM by Michael Peterson   [ updated Apr 20, 2011, 8:44 AM ]

Great event covering Digital Preservation Architecture and Implementation 

Register Now – don’t delay – plan to join your peers and register for the conference by April 22

Whether you are focused on the business concerns of compliance, the impacts of growth in data storage requirements or trends impacting the industry, or you’re a hands-on architecture specialist working to improve storage and retrieval capabilities in the face of explosive data growth, the Preservation and Archiving SIG User Group Conference will help you learn, grow and network with the best in the business. With great hotel deals and airfares still available, now is the time to register!

Our two-day program is perfect for busy professionals looking to experience customer case studies, to brainstorm with peers on real world solutions, and to share tips, tricks and best practices with peers. If you have more time, add an additional day of deep-dive education on long-term storage technologies with Oracle experts – at no additional cost!

Program Highlights

  • Hear case studies from organizations like: Internet Archive, Oxford and Stanford Universities, and California Digital Library.

  • Get an in-depth look at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Digital Repository Architecture.

  • Learn more about what’s being done with the storage solutions that support the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science with Jason Hick of Lawrence Berkeley Labs.

  • Tuesday’s optional deep dive will feature Oracle experts ready to answer your questions and provide you with the latest solutions available for storage and archiving.

  • The chance to spend time with peers in your industry and job family about how they are facing today’s challenges and succeeding!


posted Apr 14, 2011, 6:25 PM by Michael Peterson   [ updated Apr 18, 2011, 2:21 PM ]

SNIA's Data Protection and Capacity Optimization Committee 

Hosts a webcast on the benefits of applying capacity optimization technologies to the problems of regulatory compliance and long-term retention. 
Schedule:  April 20, 11AM PT at  The problems of long-term retention whether in a preservation store or a compliance store are very similar. From the storage infrastructure side, cost due to capacity growth drives many inefficiencies. Capacity optimization technologies promise significant savings. Join in the discussion or listen to the recorded webcast for more.  

Here's the new "tag-line" that DPCO has defined from developing this program. 

"75% Space Reduction from Capacity Optimization"

SNIA Webcast

About the Presenters:


Michael Peterson,
CEO, Strategic Research Corporation


Gene Nagle,
Manager, Applications Engineering, Storage Systems Products, Exar Corporation

Thomas Rivera,
Senior Technical Associate, Sepaton

Gideon Senderov,
Director, Product Management, NEC

Sign up for this FREE webcast!

View upcoming SNIA Webcasts.

Webcast Presented by SNIA’s Data Protection Capacity and Optimization Committee:

Efficient Regulatory Compliance

Date: April 20, 2011, 10:00 am PST / 1:00pm EST

Duration: 60 minutes


Forward to a Colleague: Click here to forward this webcast to a colleague


Moderator: Michael Peterson
Panalists: Gene Nagle, Thomas Rivera, and Gideon Senderov


Rapid data growth drives up the cost and complexity of managing IT infrastructure and exposes organizations to additional risks. Capacity optimization techniques such as data deduplication have proven effective in reducing storage costs and simplifying data protection. However, questions have risen regarding how such techniques impact regulatory requirements for the long term retention and preservation of data and ensuring the authenticity and integrity of protected information.

Experts from SNIA’s Data Protection and Capacity Optimization (DPCO) Committee are pleased to present this webcast to discuss how capacity optimizing systems can support and improve regulatory compliance. The format of this webcast will be a short tutorial presentation followed by a panel and audience discussion. | © 2011 Storage Networking Industry Association    

Spring 2011 Presentations

posted Mar 18, 2011, 4:05 PM by Michael Peterson   [ updated Mar 18, 2011, 4:11 PM ]

Members of the LTDPRM Community are participating in many events this spring. Come meet with us if you can. 

  1. March 21-24:  AIIM 2011 info360 Conference - -  Bob Rogers attending to liaise with standards groups working in our areas of interest
  2. April 4-7 - SNIA - SNW-USA: - many tutorials plus Cloud-Archive SIG and DPCO meetings - contact us for info
  3. April 4-5 - NIST: Workshop on Long-term Preservation and Management of Electronic Health Records  - - Bob Rogers attending to liaise
  4. April 7-8 - NIST:  Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop III - - Bob Rogers attending to liaise
  5. May 10-11 - PASIG: Preservation and Archive SIG - - Deep Dive Preservation Workshops, Michael Peterson presenting on Cloud-Archive Practices 
  6. May 16-18 - IS&T's Archiving2011 Conference -  - Michael Peterson presenting tutorial on "Using the Cloud for Archive"

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