Scope of the DCC DIFFUSE Standards Frameworks

Just to let you know, we are no longer updating this section.
This is retained as a resource but nothing new has been added since late 2009. No further additions will be made by the DCC.

DCC DIFFUSE Standards Frameworks aims to provide a single point-of-access to a range of standards and specifications related to the curation and preservation of access to digital material. The DCC DIFFUSE Standards Registry provides up-to-date information about current and emerging standards and specifications, as well as information about those which have been superseded or which are no longer maintained, but may still be in use. The project is one of the resources being delivered during Phase Two of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) which is funded by the UK JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) until March 2010.

DCC DIFFUSE Standards Frameworks builds on the achievements of the DIFFUSE Project which ran from 1 February 2000 until 31 January 2003, and was funded by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies (IST) [external] Programme. Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) [external] at the University of Glasgow secured the right to reuse the DIFFUSE data following the end of the original project to ensure that this valuable resource remained accessible to data curators over time.

Standards and Specifications Database

DCC DIFFUSE Standards Frameworks will include any published standard which relate to the curation and preservation of access to digital material. This will include:

  • Standards ratified by national or international standards organisations or  bodies
  • Standards developed by, or ratified by, professional organisations
  • Publicly available specifications developed by, or ratified by, a consortia or fora

DCC DIFFUSE Standards Frameworks provides a browsable database of standards and specifications which includes:

  • A description of the scope of the standard or specification
  • A statement concerning the status of the standard
  • A description of the development of the standard or specification
  • Practical examples of the standard or specification in use
  • Links to official documentation
  • Links to supplemental documentation such as user guides, tutorials, implementation profiles and registers, XML DTD or Schema
  • Links to database entries concerning standards bodies

Where content is identical, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) ratified standards will take priority over those ratified by national standards bodies.

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Standards Bodies' Database

DCC DIFFUSE Standards Frameworks includes an entry for each standards body, professional organisation, consortium or forum who has been involved in the development of a standard or specification listed in the standards database. Entries will include:

  • Contact details
  • Organisational objectives
  • Areas of activity
  • Membership details
  • Links to the standards included in DCC DIFFUSE Standards Frameworks with which the body has been officially involved

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Future Developments

Technical developments are currently being undertaken and the new database is expected to be online by December 2008. Developments include:

  • Standards and Specifications Database to be made compliant with the Standards Metadata Element Set, v3.0 [external PDF]
  • Standards Bodies' Database to be made compliant with ISAAR(CPF), 2nd edition [external PDF] (International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families)
  • Browsing via relevant domain specific published standards frameworks, or standards frameworks developed in collaboration with the DCC
  • Browsing via the DCC Curation Lifecycle Model
  • Use of Wikipedia for the description of a standard
  • Introduction of greater linkage between related standards
  • Links to the documentation for previous versions of a standard

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