Preservation Vocabularies [3 types of magnetic storage medium?]

Preservation Datasets

From the webpage:

The Linked Data Service is to provide access to commonly found standards and vocabularies promulgated by the Library of Congress. This includes data values and the controlled vocabularies that house them. Below are descriptions of each preservation vocabulary derived from the PREMIS standard. Inside each, a search box allows you to search the vocabularies individually .

New preservation vocabularies from the Library of Congress.

Your mileage will vary with these vocabularies.

Take storage for example.

As we all learned in school, there are only three kinds of magnetic “storage medium:”

  • hard disk
  • magnetic tape
  • TSM


In case you don’t recognize TSM, it stands for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.

Hmmmm, what about the twenty (20) types of optical disks?

Or other forms of magnetic media? Such as thumb drives, floppy disks, etc.

I pick “storage medium” at random.

Take a look at some of the other vocabularies and let me know what you think.

Please include links to more information in case the LOC decides to add more entries to its vocabularies.

I first saw this at: 21 New Preservation Vocabularies available at

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