The PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata is the international standard for metadata to support the preservation of digital objects and ensure their long-term usability. Developed by an international team of experts, PREMIS is implemented in digital preservation projects around the world, and support for PREMIS is incorporated into a number of commercial and open-source digital preservation tools and systems. The PREMIS Editorial Committee coordinates revisions and implementation of the standard, which consists of the Data Dictionary, an XML schema, and supporting documentation.
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- PREMIS 2.2
(and Schema version 2.3)
This publication includes the PREMIS Introduction, the Data Dictionary, Special Topics, Methodology and Glossary. The data dictionary and report with supporting documentation are also available as separate documents:
The PREMIS Data Dictionary for core preservation metadata needed to support the long-term preservation of digital materials.
Provides information on the background, objectives, data model, implementation and other supporting documentation for the PREMIS Data Dictionary.
A hierarchical list by PREMIS semantic unit.
(Note that version 2.3 is only a change to the schema and not to the Data Dictionary)
- PREMIS 2.1
- PREMIS version 2.1 Sample Records
- PREMIS 2.0
translated by Masamitsu Kuriyama (Mr.) (PDF:1.4MB/220pp.)
translated by Lorea Elduayen and Bárbara Muñoz de Solano (PDF:3.4MB/237pp.)
- PREMIS 1.0
- by Priscilla Caplan for the Library of Congress: an overview of the PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata (PDF:543K/26pp.)
Also available in:
French: Comprendre PREMIS (PDF:226K/26pp.)
German: PREMIS verstehen (PDF:321K/28pp.)
Italian: Capire PREMIS (PDF:141K/25pp.)
Spanish: Entender PREMIS (PDF:363K/30pp.)
The PREMIS maintenance activity is responsible for maintaining, supporting, and coordinating future revisions to the PREMIS data dictionary. The Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies Working Group, convened
by OCLC and RLG , initially developed the PREMIS data dictionary as a specification with the goal of creating an implementable set of "core" preservation metadata elements, with broad applicability within the digital preservation community. Supporting XML schemas allow for implementation of the core metadata element set and are maintained in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress.
The PREMIS 2.2 data dictionary and schema were issued in July 2012. The PREMIS 2.1 data dictionary and schema were issued in January 2011. The PREMIS 2.0 data dictionary and schema were issued in April 2008.
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