preservation agreement [English]

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InterPARES Definition

n. ~ PaaST (Preservation Agreement) · A preservation commitment voluntarily established between an initial source and a preservation director to preserve certain preservation targets and specifying terms and conditions applicable to their preservation.

General Notes

A preservation agreement may serve as the basis for formulating preservation rules.


  • PaaST (1.0) 2017 (†860 p. 11): In a scenario where preservation is accomplished in the Cloud, one or more Initial Sources reach Preservation Agreements with a Preservation Director who accepts responsibility for preservation of digital information assets. The Preservation Director then enters into a Preservation Service Contract with a Preservation Service Provider who provides the technological resources necessary for preservation and carries out preservation activities as directed by the Preservation Director and, presumably as specified in the Preservation Service Contract. However, an Initial Source could retain authority over the materials it wants preserved and thus also act as Preservation Director. Also, a Preservation Director could provide some preservation services in house and only contract with a Preservation Service Provider for a limited set of preservation activities. Alternatively, the Preservation Director might rely on Preservation Service Providers for all preservation services, but rely on one provider for basic ongoing services, such as processing of Submissions and storage of Preservation Targets, while awarding other contracts for specialized services, such as format conversion. (†2432)
  • PaaST (1.0) 2017 (†860 p. 34): A document representing an agreement between an Initial Source and a Preservation Director to preserve certain Preservation Targets, often specifying terms and conditions applicable to their preservation. (†2539)