The PREMIS (PREservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies) Editorial Committee has published version 2.0 of the PREMIS Data Dictionary for preservation metadata. PREMIS is an international initiative which has created a common metadata standard for long-term digital preservation with a broad area of application. The PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata Version 2.0 is available for free download here.

The first Data Dictionary, containing helpful recommendations and hints, was published in May 2005, and comprises specific elements considered necessary for preserving digital content. The dictionary is independent of any specific architecture, and it omits any detailed metadata about areas already covered in existing metadata standards (sauch as description, rights and agents). The PREMIS Data Dictionary defines “preservation metadata” as the information a repository uses to support the digital preservation process.