The SIARD specification is an open file format for the long-term archiving of relational databases in the form of text data based on XML that is packaged in a container file.
If the structure and content of a relational database are translated into the SIARD format, it will subsequently be possible to access and exchange the data in the database in the future, even when the original database software is no longer available or can no longer be run. This long-term interpretability of the database content is based on the use of two widely supported international standards: XML and SQL:2008.
Please note that in addition to the SIARD specification the DILCIS Board maintains the SIARD CITS specification which describes how to package a SIARD file for long-term preservation along with additional representations of the data, metadata, and documentation.
Relational Database Archiving Interest Group
The DILCIS Board maintains a Relational DataBase Archiving Interest Group as the means of communication between the database archiving community. Specifically, a mailing list has been set up where information about SIARD, CITS SIARD, database archiving tools, best practices, case studies, and related news can be shared. As a list member, you will receive the latest news and information about database archiving from the developers of the SIARD specification and associated tools. You are also welcome to ask any questions about and share your personal practices in relational database archiving!
You can join the mailing list at https://listserv.dilcis.eu/info/rdb-aig.
The Interest Group has also prepared two international case studies on relational database archiving: