In March 2000, Research Libraries Group and OCLC formed a collaboration to establish attributes of digital repositories for research institutions. These organizations sought to build on the work of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) model and the 1996 report Preserving Digital Information: Report of the Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information
(discussed in the June 14, 1996 Scout Report
). The current 52-page report attempts to codify understanding of the issues amongst the concerned community (libraries, archives, historical societies, archivists, digital librarians, computer scientists, and the like) and further develop practical, structured approaches toward resolving problems of technology and administration as well as trust and confidence. This report (for public comment) will interest anyone concerned with the future direction of the burgeoning digital record of our culture and the new roles traditional institutions play.