Distributed digital preservation : Lessons to be learnt from international projects

Objectives: This study offers an overview of the systems used to organize distributed digital preservation networks.

Methodology: The article starts by examining the theoretical and technical reference models offered by digital archive networks dedicated to long-term distributed digital preservation. It then analyzes the internal organization of the member institutions of three international networks and considers how their system of organization affects the service offered. It concludes with a feature-oriented domain analysis of the three systems.

Results: While the technology they use may vary, the distributed digital preservation networks studied share a common commitment to collaborative practices and their member institutions need to meet certain prior requirements.