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AIMS Born-Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on January 22nd, 2012

The AIMS Project has released AIMS Born-Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship.

Here's an excerpt:

The AIMS project evolved around a common need among the project partners — and most libraries and archives — to identify a methodology or continuous framework for stewarding born-digital archival materials. These materials have been slowly accumulating in archival backlogs for years but are rapidly growing as more contemporary collections are accessioned. . . .

Into this climate, the AIMS partners proposed an inter-institutional framework for stewarding born-digital content. The AIMS partners realized that they could not solve all problems associated with born-digital materials but decided to focus their attention on professional practice defined by archival principles and by the current state of collections at the partner institutions.

In developing the AIMS Framework, the project would apply a practitioner-based research approach by developing a model based on real case studies of collections at each institution. Applying our theories would confirm or challenge the initial framework which could then be used as a model around which to build individual workflows and processes within each partner's organization.

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Report on the Data Curation Research Summit

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on November 20th, 2011

Nicholas Weber et al. have self-archived Report on the Data Curation Research Summit in IDEALS.

Here's an excerpt:

The Data Curation Research Summit was a one-day meeting, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The objectives were to build awareness of current research projects and important research problems, foster stronger collaborations among researchers, and advance the Library and Information Science (LIS) research agenda in data curation. It was held in Chicago on December 9th, 2010, following the 6th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC). The conference provided an excellent opportunity to bring together scholars and practitioners with a strong interest in advancing scholarship and practice in the curation of research data. The 35 invited participants, representing iSchools, research libraries, academic publishers, and funding agencies, are active in the growing research community and related areas of digital curation and archives.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

DAITSS (Dark Archive in the Sunshine State) Released under GPL v. 3 License

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Open Source Software on November 17th, 2011

The Florida Center for Library Automation has released DAITSS (Dark Archive in the Sunshine State) under a GPL v. 3 License.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

DAITSS provides automated support for the functions of Submission, Ingest, Archival Storage, Access, Withdrawal, and Repository Management. It is architected as a set of RESTful Web Services and micro-services but enforces strict controls to ensure the integrity and authenticity of archived content. It implements active preservation strategies based on format-specific processing including, where necessary, normalization and forward migration. It is particularly well suited for materials in text, document, image, audio and video formats.

DAITSS was written for a multi-user environment and supports consortial as well as institutional preservation repositories.

Read more about it at "DAITSS, an OAIS-based Preservation Repository" and "DAITSS Grows Up: Migrating to a Second-Generation Preservation System."

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Standards on November 15th, 2011

The Council of the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) has released Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories, which is a recommended practice.

Here's an excerpt:

In 2002, Research Libraries Group (RLG) and Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) jointly published Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and Responsibilities (reference [B2]), which further articulated a framework of attributes and responsibilities for trusted, reliable, sustainable digital repositories capable of handling the range of materials held by large and small cultural heritage and research institutions. . . . .

OAIS included a Roadmap for follow-on standards which included 'standard(s) for accreditation of archives'. It was agreed that RLG and National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) would take this particular topic forward and the later published the TRAC (reference [B3]) document which combined ideas from OAIS (reference [1]) and Trusted Digital Repositories: Attributes and Responsibilities (TDR—reference [B2]).

The current document follows on from TRAC in order to produce an ISO standard.

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Digital Curation LinkedIn Group Launched

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 13th, 2011

An open Digital Curation LinkedIn group has been established. (You can also find the group by searching for "digital curation" in the LinkedIn group search function.)

The group's description follows:

In a rapidly changing technological environment, the difficult task of ensuring effective long-term access to digital information is increasingly important. This group discusses digital curation, which the Digital Curation Centre defines as "maintaining, preserving and adding value to digital research data throughout its lifecycle." The DCC's digital curation lifecycle model includes these steps: conceptualise, create, access and use, appraise and select, dispose, ingest, preservation action, reappraise, store, access and reuse, and transform.

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

Notes of the HathiTrust Constitutional Convention October 8-9, 2011

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 10th, 2011

HathiTrust has released Notes of the HathiTrust Constitutional Convention October 8-9, 2011.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

As a result of these proceedings, HathiTrust:

  • Will establish a governance structure consisting of a Board, a Board Executive Committee, and Board-appointed committees, and will articulate bylaws
  • Will formalize a transparent process for inviting, evaluating, ranking, launching and assessing development initiatives
  • Will establish a shared print monograph archiving program among the member libraries
  • Will expand and enhance access to U.S. federal publications including those issued by GPO and other federal agencies
  • Will develop and vet a fee-for-service model to allow contribution of content from non-partner entities

| Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

A Study of Embedded Metadata Support in Audio Recording Software: Summary of Findings and Conclusions

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media, Metadata on November 7th, 2011

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections has released A Study of Embedded Metadata Support in Audio Recording Software: Summary of Findings and Conclusions.

Here's an excerpt:

In 2010, the ARSC Technical Committee (TC) completed a study of support for embedded metadata within and across a variety of audio recording software applications. The study was coordinated, and much of it carried out, by AudioVisual Preservation Solutions. This work addressed two primary questions: How well does embedded metadata persist, and is its integrity maintained, within any given file as it is handled by various applications over time? How well is embedded metadata handled during the process of creating a derivative?

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European Commission Issues "Recommendation on the Digitisation and Online Accessibility of Cultural Material and Digital Preservation"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization on November 2nd, 2011

The European Commission has issued a "Recommendation on the Digitisation and Online Accessibility of Cultural Material and Digital Preservation."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In particular, the Recommendation invites Member States to:

  • put in place solid plans for their investments in digitisation and foster public-private partnerships to share the gigantic cost of digitisation (recently estimated at 100 billion EUR). The Recommendation spells out key principles to ensure that such partnerships are fair and balanced.
  • make available through Europeana 30 million objects by 2015, including all Europe's masterpieces which are no longer protected by copyright, and all material digitised with public funding.
  • get more in-copyright material online, by, for example, creating the legal framework conditions enabling large-scale digitisation and cross-border accessibility of out-of-commerce works.
  • reinforce their strategies and adapt their legislation to ensure long-term preservation of digital material, by, for example, ensuring the material deposited is not protected by technical measures that impede librarians from preserving it.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |


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