Guidance, Reports and Directories

Includes white papers, how-to guides, proceedings, project reports, and directories; all providing pertinent information about digital curation and preservation.

Archiving, distribution and preservation of language corpora

Chapter 6 of 'Developing Linguistic Corpora', in the series of Guides to Good Practice from the Arts and Humanities Data Service.

Audiovisual Citation: BUFVC Guidelines For Referencing Moving Image And Sound

These guidelines represent an attempt to address the growing need for a clear, comprehensive and consistent system for the citation of moving image and sound.


BioSharing works at the global level to build stable linkages between journals, funders, projects implementing data sharing policies, and well-constituted standardization efforts in the biosciences domain.

Cairo Tools Survey

The Cairo tools survey is a document listing and describing tools applicable to the preparation of digital archives for ingest into a preservation repository.

Case Study: PerX Experience of Harvesting & Utilising Metadata from Oxford Journals

The Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch case study illustrates some of the types of issues encountered by OAI-PMH service providers attempting to utilise third party metadata obtained via OAI-PMH.

Choosing a Metadata Standard For Resource Discovery

A guide outlining factors that should be considered when deciding on what metadata standard to use when describing digital resources.

Clearing Out Legacy Electronic Records

Written by the Records Management Section at the University of Edinburgh, this is a practical step-by-step guide to how to clear outsizeable collections of old electronic records.

CODATA Directory of Scientific Data Policy Statements

This CODATA resource lists statements that express the policies of a number of organizations on data issues.

Conducting a Data Interview

Poster created by Purdue University Libraries outlining good practice in conducting a data interview


Databib is a searchable catalogue of research data repositories, classified by subject. It includes information about who can submit and reuse data.

Developing an Electronic Records Preservation Strategy

This guide enables you to decide the best means of ensuring that your area's electronic records remain accessible for as long as they are needed by providing you with the tools to develop a strategy for their immediate short-to-medium-term preservation.

Digital Video Preservation Reformatting Project

Final report of a project focusing on the critical need for preservation initiatives for dance recorded on videotape.

E-Science (E-Research) Expert Seminar: Report on Proceedings

Report on a 2004 AHRB seminar aimed to identify the role that the outputs from the e-science programme and grid technologies might play in supporting arts and humanities research and teaching. 

e-Science for the Arts and Humanities: a Discussion Paper

An introduction to the AHDS E-Science programme.


A set of guidance papers including advice on digital preservation issues such as Costing, Risk Management and Policy as well as more hands-on preservation issues such as Selection and Ingest.

espida Handbook

The espida Handbook offers a method for expressing project costs and benefits in a systematic way to best encourage investment in information and IT.

GDFR - Global Digital Format Registry

GDFR is an on-going project set up by a collaboration of international digital library and archival communities to develop a sustainable, global registry of digital representation formats, which are represented in a human readable form.


Go-Geo is an online resource discovery tool which allows for the identification and retrieval of records describing the content, quality, condition and other characteristics of geospatial data that exist with UK tertiary education and beyond.

Guide to Version Control

Written by the Records Management Section at the University of Edinburgh, this guide is intended for all Microsoft users who create and edit documents with multiple versions; it also includes general version control principles that others may find useful.


JULIET provides a summary of Open Access and Data Archiving policies given by various research funders as part of their research grant awards.

Legal Strategies for Streamlining Collaboration in an e-Research World

A collection of papers that arose from discussions held at a Roundtable entitled: 'Streamlining Collaboration in an e-Research World,' which sought to explore methods and to recommend strategies for improving the efficiency of the legal processes that are used in e-Research collaboration.

Library of Congress Digital Formats Website

The Library of Congress Digital Formats Website is devoted to the analysis of the technical aspects of digital formats.

Managing Your Email

The document provides detailed, practical guidance on how to ensure that you are complying with the requirements of data protection and freedom of information legislation when using e-mail.

New Directions in Description: Metadata Management in Practice

This presentation discusses issues and challenges in the practice of managing metadata.

New Directions in Description: Metadata Management in Theory

This presentation discusses solutions to the problem of inconsistent metadata across systems, identifying potential metadata management services that promote information quality and reliability.

OCLC OpenURL Resolver Registry

OCLC provides a service for individuals and information partners to maintain OpenURL resolver information in a single location; primarily used in libraries, OpenURLs are a type of URL that contains resource metadata.

PARADIGM Online Workbook

The Workbook covers a wide range of issues relating to the acquisition, curation and long-term preservation of born-digital and hybrid personal archives.

Permanence Through Change: The Variable Media Approach

A Publication exploring the Variable Media Approach to preserving digital and dynamic artworks, including practical emulation experiments.

PrestoSpace Preservation Guide

The PrestoSpace Preservation Guide is a website for archives and the public, providing information about the processes and strategic thinking necessary for the preservation of audiovisual media.


An online registry of technical file format information.


Re3data is a registry of research data repositories. It records information about their subject and resource type coverage, policies, standards, licensing arrangements and governance.

Reflective learning, future thinking: Report from the A.L.T. 2005 Research Seminar

This paper summarises the results of the Reflective Learning, Future Thinking research seminar jointly held by ALT, SURF and ILTA at Trinity College Dublin, at which 50 leading researchers from three nations came together to share thoughts about the direction of learning technology development.

Repositories, Copyright and Creative Commons for Scholarly Communication

The article considers ways librarians can support scholars in managing the demands of copyright so as to respond to the needs of scholarly communication.

RoMEO - Rights MEtadata for Open archiving

RoMEO is a searchable database of publisher's policies regarding the self- archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories.

Standard Naming Conventions for Electronic Records

Written by the Records Management Section at the University of Edinburgh, this document provides a common set of rules to apply to the naming of electronic records.

SURFSHARE Guidelines for Appraising and Selecting Research Data

This 2010 report delivers a set of practical guidelines for appraising and selecting research data.

The Expanding Digital Universe: A Forecast of Worldwide Information Growth Through 2010

In this detailed white paper, IDC researches and analyses the impact of ever-increasing amounts of digital information generated worldwide.

The Moving Image Gateway (MIG)

The Moving Image Gateway (MIG) is a service of the British Universities Film & Video Council, collecting together websites that relate to moving images and sound and their use in higher and further education.


Web2Rights is a JISC funded project, whose purpose is to develop a practical, pragmatic and relevant toolkit to support the projects funded within the JISC Users and Innovation Programme in their engagement with next generation and Web2.0 technologies and emerging legal issues, such as IP, libel and accessibility.