Archive for the 'Digital Curation & Digital Preservation' Category

Web Archiving in the United States: A 2013 Survey

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 24th, 2014

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance has released Web Archiving in the United States: A 2013 Survey.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The goal of the survey was to better understand the landscape of web archiving activities in the U.S. by investigating the organizations involved, the history and scope of their web archiving programs, the types of web content being preserved, the tools and services being used, access and discovery services being provided and overall policies related to web archiving programs. While this survey documents the current state of U.S. web archiving initiatives, comparison with the results of the 2011-2012 survey enables an analysis of emerging trends. The report therefore describes the current state of the field, tracks the evolution of the field over the last few years, and forecasts future activities and developments.

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    "Archiving the Web: A Case Study from the University of Victoria"

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 22nd, 2014

    Corey Davis has published "Archiving the Web: A Case Study from the University of Victoria" in Code4Lib Journal.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The University of Victoria Libraries started archiving websites in 2013, and it quickly became apparent that many scholarly websites being produced by faculty, especially in the digital humanities, were going to prove very challenging to effectively capture and play back. This article will provide an overview of web archiving and explore the considerable legal and technical challenges of implementing a web archiving initiative at a research library, using the University of Victoria's implementation of Archive-it, a web archiving service from the Internet Archive, as a case study, with a special focus on capturing complex, interactive websites that scholars are creating to disseminate their research in new ways.

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      DataONE Gets $15 Million NSF Grant

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Grants on October 13th, 2014

      DataONE has received a $15 million grant from the NSF.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Founded in 2009 by the National Science Foundation (NSF), DataONE was designed to provide both the tools and infrastructure for organizing and serving up vast amounts of scientific data, in addition to building an engaged community and developing openly available educational resources.

      Accomplishments from the last five years include making over 260,000 publicly available data and metadata objects accessible through the DataONE search engine and building a growing network of 22 national and international data repositories. DataONE has published more than 74 papers, reached over 2,000 individuals via direct training events and workshops and connects with over 60,000 visitors annually via the website.

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        Digital Preservation in the Age of Cloud and Big Data

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 25th, 2014

        Atos has released Digital Preservation in the Age of Cloud and Big Data .

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        After introducing the basic concepts of Long-Term Digital Preservation, we show several examples of its importance in different sectors. Then, we explore the challenges that make this technical field a complex one, and in each case, we study the emerging state of the art that will define its evolution in the near future.

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          Preservation Statistics: A Survey for US Libraries, FY 2013 Report

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 11th, 2014

          ALA has released Preservation Statistics: A Survey for US Libraries, FY 2013 Report.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          Results from the 2013 Preservation Statistics Survey are now available. The annual survey gathers data about preventive preservation activities, conservation activities, reformatting and digitization activities and digital preservation responsibilities, as well as how preservation programs are administered.

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            "Scaling Up and Scaling Out: Leveraging Preservation Infrastructure and Experience to Benefit the Community"

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 4th, 2014

            Portico has released "Scaling Up and Scaling Out: Leveraging Preservation Infrastructure and Experience to Benefit the Community."

            Here's an excerpt:

            Now well into its eleventh year as a preservation archive and service, Portico's preservation infrastructure—hardware, software, and key data and metadata models and definitions—has been subject to a continual process of re-view and revision that makes it possible for us to leverage our work to benefit the broader community. Since 2012, Portico has been delivering e-journal con-tent to the British Library as part of their legally mandated deposit program, en-abling the British Library to benefit from existing preservation expertise to manage the normalization of e-journal content. In this paper we will discuss Portico's development, the scaling up of our preservation capacity, the chal-lenges and opportunities in our partnership with the British Library, and the value of leveraging and sharing existing preservation infrastructure, skills, and experience for the good of the broader community.

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              Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341

              Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 3rd, 2014

              ARL has released Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341.

              Here's an excerpt from the press release:

              ARL has released Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341, which investigates what methods ARL member libraries use to maintain the relevancy of their locally curated digital library collections, and to continue to sustain, grow, capture return on investment, and enhance existing resources through outreach and assessment. The publication also explores current practices for integrating digital resources into the research, teaching, and learning environment.

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                From Theory to Action: Good Enough Digital Preservation for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 3rd, 2014

                POWRR has released From Theory to Action: Good Enough Digital Preservation for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations collect, create, and steward a rapidly increasing volume of digital content. Both research conclusions and professionals' real-life experiences expose the inherent fragility of this content. The cultural heritage and information science communities have developed guidelines, best practices, policies, procedures, and processes that can enable an organization to achieve high levels of digital preservation. However, these protocols are often complex, leaving many practitioners attempting to address the challenge of preserving digital materials feeling overwhelmed. This is particularly true for professionals serving smaller institutions that are often operating with restricted resources like small staff sizes, a lack of specialized expertise, dated technical infrastructures, and/or limited budgets. This white paper is the result of a three year investigation, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, of affordable, scalable digital preservation solutions that can be successfully implemented at under-resourced organizations. It reports the results of large-scale testing of several digital preservation tools and services, suggests pragmatic digital preservation options, including an incremental approach to digital preservation practices, and asserts that communities of practice are key to success.

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