From Leslie Johnston, Director of Digital Preservation, U.S. National Archives (NARA)
The U.S. National Archives (NARA) is pleased to announce that it has released its digital Preservation Framework on Github for public comment:
The framework comprises an instrument for assessing file format risk, the results of NARA’s assessment of over 350 file format variants, and draft preservation plans for those formats.
We are inviting comments and discussion on the plans using the Github Issues feature:
What revisions can you suggest to the proposed processing and preservation actions for the formats?
Are the Essential Characteristics for each record type comprehensive enough for digital preservation?
Are the proposed preservation actions for the formats technically appropriate?
Are there appropriate tools for processing and preservation of specific formats that we do not have listed?
Are there other high priority formats that we need plans for?
What can you suggest in terms of appropriate public access versions of the formats?
These draft plans will be open for public comment until November 1, 2019. We will take all comments and incorporate them into new versions which will also be released. This will be an ongoing initiative to assess risk and to update and create new plans over time.