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The Preservation of Complex Objects. Volume 1, Visualisations and Simulations

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on July 2nd, 2012

The POCOS project has released The Preservation of Complex Objects. Volume 1, Visualisations and Simulations.

Here's an excerpt:

Let us say that there is an implication that an atomic digital object is a single file, and that this is synonymous with the notion of simplicity. But is that really the case? A single PDF file is often put forward as an exemplar of such a straightforward file, but the recent PDF 2.0 version can contain embedded 3D objects, so can it really be considered as atomic and 'simple'? So it might be a somewhat daunting task to rigidly categorize digital material past, present and future as either atomic or complex? During the symposia, the POCOS strategy was not to seek to impose definitions or standards on the proceedings, but rather to see whether any consensus emerged during the talks and breakout sessions

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    Survey Report on Digitisation in European Cultural Heritage Institutions 2012

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization, Reports and White Papers on July 2nd, 2012

    The ENUMERATE project has released Survey Report on Digitisation in European Cultural Heritage Institutions 2012.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The ENUMERATE Survey Report on Digitisation in Cultural Heritage Institutions 2012 represents the first major study into the current state of digitisation in Europe. It is the result of a survey carried out by the ENUMERATE Thematic Network, with the help of national coordinators, in 29 European countries. About 2000 institutions answered the open call to participate between January and March 2012.

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      EPUB for Archival Preservation

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, E-Books, Reports and White Papers, Standards on June 18th, 2012

      The Koninklijke Bibliotheek has released EPUB for Archival Preservation.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Over the last few years, the EPUB format has become increasingly popular in the consumer market. A number of publishers have indicated their wish to use EPUB for supplying their electronic publications to the KB. In response to this, the KB's Departments of Collection and Collection Care requested an initial study to investigate the suitability of the format for archival preservation. The main questions were:

      • What are the main characteristics of EPUB?
      • What functionality does EPUB provide, and is this sufficient for representing e.g. content with sophisticated layout and typography requirements?
      • How well is the EPUB supported by software tools that are used in (pre-)ingest workflows?
      • How suitable is EPUB for archival preservation? What are the main risks?

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        Research Data Management: Review of DCC Tools and Guidance

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on June 14th, 2012

        The REDm-MED Project has released the Review of DCC Tools and Guidance.

        Here's an excerpt:

        In the course of its work, the REDm-MED Project has used various tools and guidance produced by the DCC, most notably CARDIO and DMP Online, the latter in both its checklist and software forms. The Project team found CARDIO to be promising but in need of further development before being used widely. The process of setting up a DMP Online template was relatively straightforward, but unfortunately there was no opportunity to solicit feedback from researchers on using it in the context of the tool.

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          "Practical Limits to the Scope of Digital Preservation"

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 13th, 2012

          Mike Kastellec has published the "Practical Limits to the Scope of Digital Preservation" in the latest issue of Information Technology and Libraries.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This paper examines factors that limit the ability of institutions to digitally preserve the cultural heritage of the modern era. The author takes a wide-ranging approach to shed light on limitations to the scope of digital preservation. The author finds that technological limitations to digital preservation have been addressed but still exist, and that non-technical aspects—access, selection, law, and finances—move into the foreground as technological limitations recede. The author proposes a nested model of constraints to the scope of digital preservation and concludes that costs are digital preservation’s most pervasive limitation.

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            Repositories for Visual Arts Research Data: Kaptur Technical Report

            Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, EPrints, Reports and White Papers on June 11th, 2012

            The KAPTUR project has released the Kaptur Technical Report.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This report is framed around the research question: which technical system is most suitable for managing visual arts research data? . . . .

            The Technical Manager selected 17 systems to compare with the user requirement document (Appendix B). Five of the systems had similar scores so these were short-listed. The Technical Manager created an online form into which the Project Officers entered priority scores for each of the user requirements in order to calculate a more accurate score for each of the five short-listed systems (Appendix C) and this resulted in the choice of EPrints as the software for the KAPTUR project.

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              Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works

              Posted in Bibliographies, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on June 10th, 2012

              Digital Scholarship has released the Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works.

              In a rapidly changing technological environment, the difficult task of ensuring long-term access to digital information is increasingly important. This selective bibliography presents over 650 English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation. It covers digital curation and preservation copyright issues, digital formats (e.g., data, media, and e-journals), metadata, models and policies, national and international efforts, projects and institutional implementations, research studies, services, strategies, and digital repository concerns.

              Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works, such as e-prints and open access articles.

              The Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works is available as a paperback (98 pages, $9.95, ISBN 1477497692 and ISBN-13: 9781477497692) and an open access PDF file. All versions of the bibliography are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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                PREMIS Version 2.2 Released

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Metadata, Standards on May 16th, 2012

                The PREMIS Editorial Committee has released PREMIS Version 2.2. PREMIS is an acronym for “PREservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies.”

                A document describing changes to the data dictionary was also released.

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