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Introducing OAIS and DDI into an on-going research process: The MPC experience

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Wendy Thomas
Minnesota Population Center

The new requirements of the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health that funding proposals need to include a data management plan has resulted in increased interest in data preservation. Many organizations are looking more closely at OAIS and implementation models such as PREMIS as a means of addressing their internal, long-term preservation responsibilities. This in turn has raised new interest in DDI as a means of capturing metadata on the data they create, transform, and deliver. At the Minnesota Population Center we are working on a means of making the capture of metadata used to support the preservation and provenance needs of the OAIS archival model. This presentation uses the MPC as a case study on the issues of integrating DDI and PREMIS into an on-going research process. It will focus on decisions regarding the evaluation of the current organizational activities, determining what archival responsibilities we had in relation to various projects, and means of beginning to integrate the capture of needed metadata without major disruptions of on-going production processes. The three projects included in the discussion will be IPUMS-International, NHGIS, and the new grant project TerraPopulus.

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