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This project will develop a digital preservation assessment tool for identifying the preservation needs of institutions’ digital holdings

Digital Asset Assessment Tool


This project will develop a digital preservation assessment tool for use within the UK HE/FE and research, learning and teaching communities. The proposal will provide those responsible for managing digital resources in a variety of institutional settings, including libraries, archives, data centres, computer services and research teams, with a valuable tool for identifying the preservation needs of their digital holdings. It will do so in a way which allows scarce resources to be focussed on those assets where the risk of loss and cost of loss is greatest. This project brings together extensive expertise in digital preservation from the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) and the University of London Computer Centre (ULCC). Development input will also come from the National Preservation Office, the British Library and The National Archives. Evaluation of the tool in real-world settings will take place in TNA, the BL, and two identified academic institutions (KCL and The School of Advanced Study, University of London.) Dissemination will utilise the wide reach of the consortium’s partners and will aid a second, wider test phase. It will also encourage deployment of the tool beyond the JISC community, contributing to the sustainability of the project’s outputs.  

The DAAT project has completed. The following deliverables are available:

1) DAAT Final Report
2) DAAT Formal Tools Report: an assessment of file format testing tools: DROID, JHOVE and AIHT Empirical Walker
3) DAAT Usage Report: a report on the use of the D-PAS tool

Lead Institution  

University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) 

Project Partners  

AHDS, National Preservation Office, The National Archives, The British Library, Kings College London, School of Advanced Study of the University of London, Digital Preservation Coalition 

Programme area(s) addressed   

2.   Digital preservation assessment tools

Project Staff

Main Contact  

Kevin Ashley
Head of Digital Archives Department, University of London Computer Centre