preservation metadata [English]

Syndetic Relationships

InterPARES Definition

n. ~ Information that documents aspects, as well as past and future treatments, of resources to ensure that they remain accessible into the future, and that ensure they are not damaged or diminished.

Other Definitions

  • Wikipedia (†387 s.v. preservation metadata): Information that supports and documents the digital preservation process. ...Preservation metadata stores technical details on the format, structure and use of the digital content, the history of all actions performed on the resource including changes and decisions, the authenticity information such as technical features or custody history, and the responsibilities and rights information applicable to preservation actions.[CEDARS 2000]


  • Gartner IT Glossary (†298 s.v. metadata): Information that describes various facets of an information asset to improve its usability throughout its life cycle. It is metadata that turns information into an asset. Generally speaking, the more valuable the information asset, the more critical it is to manage the metadata about it, because it is the metadata definition that provides understanding that unlocks the value of data. (†1044)
  • SAA Glossary 2005 (†241 ): n. ~ Information about an object used to protect the object from harm, injury, deterioration, or destruction. (†858)
  • Wikipedia (†387 s.v. preservation metadata): Preservation metadata often includes the following information: Provenance: Who has had custody/ownership of the digital object? Authenticity: Is the digital object what it purports to be? Preservation activity: What has been done to preserve the digital object? Technical environment: What is needed to render, interact with and use the digital object? Rights management: What intellectual property rights must be observed?[PREMIS] (†1075)