Do you know the most important standards a digital archivist needs to know? What are the options, which ones apply to your work, what are the benefits, and what is practical for your particular situation? Get started with this foundational course on standards as a stepping stone to courses that focus on and/or incorporate specific standards for particular archival functions and the applications of those standards, including accession, arrangement and description, access, preservation, and outreach.


This course covers a range of national and international approaches, from those promulgated by standards setting bodies to those generated by de facto practices. Published standards addressed include:

  • ISO 19005-2: 2010 -- Document management--Electronic document file format for long-term preservation (PDF/A)
  • ISO 12234-2:2001 -- TIFF/EP Tag Image File Format/Electronic Photography
  • ISO 15386:2009 -- Information and documentation--the Dublin Core metadata element set
  • Metadata Encoding Transmission Standard (METS)
  • ISO 15489-1:2001 -- Information and documentation--Records management
  • ISO 14721:2003 -- Space data and information transfer systems--open archival information system (OAIS) reference model
  • ISO 16363:2012 -- Space data and information transfer systems--audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories
  • Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS)


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this webinar, you should be able to:

  • Explain how standards are created and the different standards creating bodies
  • Identify the different standards supporting digital archiving functions
  • Apply standards to basic digital archiving functions


Who Should Attend?
Archivists, practitioners, managers, administrators, and IT professionals


What You Should Already Know:
Participants are expected to have basic archival training and education and familiarity with computers


DAS Core Competency:

  • 2. Communicate and define terminology, requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of stakeholders.


If you intend to pursue the DAS Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

Webinar Information
Date Presented:
June 05, 2014 2:00 PM Eastern
1 hour, 30 minutes
Standards for Digital Archives

Liz Bishoff

Liz Bishoff


Liz Bishoff is currently the owner and principal consultant for The Bishoff Group a library and cultural heritage organization consulting services organization. Bishoff works with archives, libraries and museums developing digital program plans, digital preservation plans, providing guidance on development of local practices, and offers workshops on a range of digital topics including digital project management, metadata, digital preservation and funding digital projects. Previously Bishoff was the Director of Digital and Preservation Services, BCR, Inc. where she worked closely with organizations as they developed and managed their digital program. While at BCR, Bishoff implemented an innovated mass digitization program, Shelf-to-Life which offered cultural heritage organizations an opportunity to convert public domain publications to high quality digital e-books for on demand print copies. Bishoff was Vice President for Digital Collection Services at OCLC, and founding Executive Director of the Colorado Digitization Program. 

Under several IMLS National Leadership Grants, Bishoff led the development of collaborative best practices in metadata and digital imaging, resulting in the widely adopted CDP Metadata Dublin Core Best Practices and the Digital Imaging Best Practices. Through an IMLS funded Museum grant to the Northeast Document Conservation Center, Bishoff worked on the development of Digital Preservation Readiness Assessment survey and handbook. Since 2005 Bishoff has conducted more than 50 preservation readiness assessments. Bishoff has served as faculty on several NEH funded workshops including Stewardship of Digital Assets and Staying on TRAC. 

Bishoff is an active member of the American Library Association she is a member of ALA Council, the ALA Board and is a past-Treasurer of the ALA. Bishoff is currently a member of the SAA Digital Archivist Certificate Sub-Committee and a faculty member for Preserving Digital Archives course.

Liz holds an MLS from Rosary College, and has post-graduate work in public administration at Roosevelt University.

Mahnaz Ghaznavi

Mahnaz Ghaznavi


Mahnaz Ghaznavi has held appointments as a records manager for the J. Paul Getty Trust and an archivist for CSU, Dominguez Hills. She has also served as program officer responsible for grant making in the areas of digitization and electronic records management for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and adjunct faculty for UCLA's Information Studies program.

Her experiences in managing the day-to-day responsibilities that have come with these various positions have informed, and were informed by, taking part in various digital preservation research initiatives: Collaboration on the Persistent Archives Testbed project, administered by the University of California, San Diego Supercomputer Center, as well the International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES) project, administered by the University of British Columbia, SUNY-Albany, and UCLA. They've also helped her to better anticipate the possibilities for the future while managing the present realities of everyday work.

Ghaznavi was a member of SAA's Digital Archives Continuing Education (DACE) Task Force, is currently serving on SAA's Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Subcommitte. and has taught SAA's "Advanced Electronic Records: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation" workshop.

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