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February 5, 2009 -- Understanding PREMIS (PDF) guide is now available on the Library of Congress Standards Web site.

PREMIS (PREservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies) refers to both an international working group and to the Data Dictionary the group released in 2005. The Library supports the PREMIS Maintenance Activity for coordinating updates to the Data Dictionary, maintaining the associated XML schema, and communicating PREMIS-related news.

Understating PREMIS is an introduction to the Data Dictionary, giving an overview of its scope and goals. The Guide aims to make the PREMIS Data Dictionary document easier to approach.

The full PREMIS Data Dictionary (PDF) is available at the PREMIS Maintenance Web site.