Digital Preservation Links

There are many excellent Internet resources dealing with digital preservation. These are a selection recommended by the National Archives of Australia digital preservation team.

National Archives of Australia

Cornell University

The Library of Congress


  • Xena - Xena stands for XML Electronic Normalising for Archives. The National Archives of Australia developed Xena to assist in the long term preservation of digital records via conversion to standards based, open formats.

  • DPR - The Digital Preservation Recorder (DPR) handles bulk preservation of digital files. DPR is free and open source software developed by the National Archives of Australia.

  • Checksum Checker - The Checksum Checker is a piece of software that is used to monitor the contents of a digital archive for data loss or corruption.

  • Manifest Maker - Manifest Maker supports the transfer of data objects from agencies to the National Archives by producing a manifest file which satisfies the requirements for a digital transfer.

  • DSpace - Originally developed by Hewlett Packard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, DSpace is now open source software designed to preserve digital research material.

  • DROID - The UK National Archives has developed their Digital Record Object Identification tool (DROID) and released it via

  • JHOVE - Harvard's file format identifier.