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Comparative Analysis of Distributed Digital Preservation (DDP) Systems

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on May 2nd, 2014

The Educopia Institute has released Comparative Analysis of Distributed Digital Preservation (DDP) Systems.

Here's an excerpt:

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-funded Chronicles in Preservation project (http://metaarchive.org/neh/) completed this Comparative Analysis of three Distributed Digital Preservation systems to analyze their underlying technologies and methodologies:

  • Chronopolis using iRODS (http://chronopolis.sdsc.edu/).
  • University of North Texas using Coda (http://www.library.unt.edu/).
  • MetaArchive Cooperative using LOCKSS (http://metaarchive.org/).

Chronicles in Preservation is a three-year effort to study, document, and model techniques for the preservation of digital newspaper collections. This Comparative Analysis is based on a series of test exchanges between academic libraries curating digital newspaper collections and the three above- mentioned DDP systems.

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    Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Reports and White Papers on April 30th, 2014

    OCLC Research has released Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content presents the preliminary findings of Phase 1 of our Preservation Health Check investigation of preservation monitoring and suggests that there is an opportunity to use PREMIS preservation metadata as an evidence base to support a threat assessment exercise based on the Simple Property-Oriented Threat (SPOT) model.

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      Born-Digital U.S. Federal Government Information: Preservation And Access

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on April 8th, 2014

      The Center for Research Libraries has released Born-Digital U.S. Federal Government Information: Preservation And Access.

      Here's an excerpt:

      But the migration of government information from print to digital has introduced new problems into the challenge of preserving government information. Very little government information is being deposited in FDLP libraries. In 2013 the Government Printing Office (GPO) estimated that 97% of federal government information was born-digital and current GPO policy limits FDLP deposit of digital information to so-called "tangible" objects such as CD-ROMs and DVDs (GPO 2006), which create their own preservation problems (Gano). While libraries played an essential role in preservation of government information in the print era, most born-digital government information is not held, managed, organized, served, or preserved by libraries.

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        Current State of 3D Object Digital Preservation and Gap-Analysis Report

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 20th, 2014

        DURAARK has released the Current State of 3D Object Digital Preservation and Gap-Analysis Report.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The gap analysis is approached through an in-depth analysis of two areas. One area is that of fundamental digital preservation tools and processes regardless of their content type. It describes processes and standards adapted by the global digital preservation community and implemented in archives of varying domains, e.g., archives dealing predominantly with e-publications as well as AV-archives. The second area is that of current existing processes for the digital preservation of 3D objects. It describes aspects and challenges which are uniquely tied to the long-term archiving process of this content-type and lists existing tools and standards. The gaps are identified through a comparison of the content type agnostic and the 3D-specific state of the art descriptions.

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          Exemplar Good Governance Structures and Data Policies

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 19th, 2014

          APARSEN has released Exemplar Good Governance Structures and Data Policies.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This report summarises the level of preparedness for interoperable governance and data policies based on both desktop research on selected data policies and online survey conducted during this study. It is important to understand what current data policies address and if they miss out on important topics, such as specific requirements for data preservation. This will give an indication on the possible impact of such data policies on the individual communities and allows recommendations to be drawn up to guide forthcoming policies. This report concludes with selected recommendations that should be taken into account when drawing up data policies concerning digital preservation.

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            Report on DRM Preservation

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on March 19th, 2014

            APARSEN has released the Report on DRM Preservation.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This report places the subject of Digital Rights and Access Management (DRM) within the context of long-term digital preservation and examines the related risks and challenges which arise in connection with the long-term archiving and ongoing accessibility of DRM-protected objects, and also the safeguarding of associated rights. It reviews the results of initiatives and projects already undertaken in this field and provides the results of a recent survey. It also analyses current user scenarios both within and outside the APARSEN consortium before offering a summary of recommendations and best practices for dealing with digital rights and DRM protected objects.

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              "Digital Preservation File Format Policies of ARL Member Libraries: An Analysis"

              Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Research Libraries on March 18th, 2014

              Kyle Rimkus et al. have published "Digital Preservation File Format Policies of ARL Member Libraries: An Analysis" in D-Lib Magazine.

              Here's an excerpt:

              In the interest of gaining a broad view of contemporary digital preservation practice in North American research libraries, this paper presents the findings of a study of file format policies at Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions. It is intended to present the digital preservation community with an assessment of the level of trust currently placed in common file formats in digital library collections and institutional repositories. Beginning with a summary of file format research to date, the authors describe the research methodology they used to collect and analyze data from the file format policies of ARL Library repositories and digital library services. The paper concludes with a presentation and analysis of findings that explore levels of confidence placed in image, text, audio, video, tabular data, software application, presentation, geospatial, and computer program file formats. The data show that file format policies have evolved little beyond the document and image digitization standards of traditional library reformatting programs, and that current approaches to file format policymaking must evolve to meet the challenges of research libraries' expanding digital repository services.

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                "Time to Change: Effects and Implications of Digital Preservation in an Organizational Context"

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on March 17th, 2014

                Michelle Lindlar has published "Time to Change: Effects and Implications of Digital Preservation in an Organizational Context" in the IASSIST Quarterly.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Digital preservation within an organizational context requires different layers of change: During the implementation process the necessary resources have to be allocated and aligned. Since digital preservation is a cross-sectional task, drawing from the expertise of different stakeholders, this may require organizational change in form of new team structures. Furthermore, digital preservation is a rather fluid task, which requires constant monitoring and adaptability. Both change layers—the initial one as well as the ongoing one—have direct effects and implications on an organization.

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