Archive for the 'Digital Curation & Digital Preservation' Category

Digital Preservation: Data Transfer from Internet Archive's Archive-It to LOCKSS Demonstrated

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 26th, 2009

Data has been successfully transferred from the Internet Archive's Archive-It service to LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe).

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    Proceedings of DigCCurr2009: Digital Curation: Practice, Promise, and Prospects

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 17th, 2009

    Helen R. Tibbo has published Proceedings of DigCCurr2009: Digital Curation: Practice, Promise, and Prospects on Lulu.

    Here's the ad:

    DigCCurr2009 was held on April 1-3, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as part of the Preserving Access to Our Digital Future: Building an International Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr) project. DigCCurr is a three-year (2006-2009), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded project to develop a graduate-level curricular framework, course modules, and experiential components to prepare students for digital curation in various environments. Contributions to DigCCurr2009 take the form of long and short papers, posters and panels. Potential contributions were submitted for peer review by a rich and diverse panel of international experts. Reviewers evaluated the submissions based on clarity and organization of presentation and writing; originality, creativity and potential for new contributions to the field; and engagement (topics addressed would be appropriate for and engaging to the diverse audience of DigCCurr2009 participants).

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      DuraCloud to Test Cloud Technologies for Digital Preservation

      Posted in Cloud Computing/SaaS, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, DuraSpace on July 15th, 2009

      DuraCloud will test cloud technologies for digital preservation purposes.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      How long is long enough for our collective national digital heritage to be available and accessible? The Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) and DuraSpace have announced that they will launch a one-year pilot program to test the use of cloud technologies to enable perpetual access to digital content. The pilot will focus on a new cloud-based service, DuraCloud, developed and hosted by the DuraSpace organization. Among the NDIIPP partners participating in the DuraCloud pilot program are the New York Public Library and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

      Cloud technologies use remote computers to provide local services through the Internet. Duracloud will let an institution provide data storage and access without having to maintain its own dedicated technical infrastructure.

      For NDIIPP partners, it is not enough to preserve digital materials without also having strategies in place to make that content accessible. NDIIPP is concerned with many types of digital content, including geospatial, audiovisual, images and text. The NDIIPP partners will focus on deploying access-oriented services that make it easier to share important cultural, historical and scientific materials with the world. To ensure perpetual access, valuable digital materials must be stored in a durable manner. DuraCloud will provide both storage and access services, including content replication and monitoring services that span multiple cloud-storage providers.

      Martha Anderson, director of NDIIPP Program Management said "Broad online public access to significant scientific and cultural collections depends on providing the communities who are responsible for curating these materials with affordable access to preservation services. The NDIIPP DuraCloud pilot project with the DuraSpace organization is an opportunity to demonstrate affordable preservation and access solutions for communities of users who need this kind of help."

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        Digital Preservation: Presentations from 2009 NDIIPP Partners Meeting

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 6th, 2009

        Presentations from the 2009 NDIIPP Partners Meeting are now available.

        Here's a quick selection:

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          Digital Preservation: Two-Year Pilot Project Evaluation

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on July 1st, 2009

          The Chesapeake Project has released its Two-Year Pilot Project Evaluation.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The Chesapeake Project began as a collaborative, two-year pilot program with the goal of preserving born-digital legal information published directly to the Web. It was implemented in early 2007 by the Georgetown Law Library and the State Law Libraries of Maryland and Virginia. Having successfully completed its pilot phase, The Chesapeake Project' legal information archive is now expanding.

          The following document comprises the final evaluation and account of The Chesapeake Project's accomplishments during its two-year pilot phase, spanning from February 27, 2007, to February 28, 2009.

          During this time, the project's digital archive was populated with more than 4,300 digital items representing nearly 1,900 Web-published titles, the vast majority of which have no print counterpart. Each of these titles were harvested from the Web, stored within a secure digital archive and assigned permanent archive URLs. Today, each archived digital title remains accessible to users, despite whether or not the original digital files have been altered or removed from their original locations on the Web.

          A 2008 analysis of the digital archive's content showed that more than eight percent of the titles archived by The Chesapeake Project had disappeared from their original URLs within the project's first year, but remained accessible thanks to the project's efforts. The current evaluation demonstrates that this figure has increased significantly over the past year. In fact, as of March 2009, nearly 14 percent of the project's archived titles—approximately one in seven—have disappeared from their original locations on the Web.

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            Blog Reports about the National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program Partners Meeting

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 29th, 2009

            Several blog reports are available about the recent National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program partners meeting.

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              Library of Congress Releases Bagit: Transferring Content for Digital Preservation Video

              Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 29th, 2009

              The Library of Congress has released a digital video, Bagit: Transferring Content for Digital Preservation.

              Here's the description:

              The Library of Congress's steadily growing digital collections arrive primarily over the network rather than on hardware media. But that data transfer can be difficult because different organizations have different policies and technologies.

              The Library—with the California Digital Library and Stanford University – has developed guidelines for creating and moving standardized digital containers, called "bags." A bag functions like a physical envelope that is used to send content through the mail but with bags, a user sends content from one computer to another.

              Bags have a sparse, uncomplicated structure that transcends differences in institutional data, data architecture, formats and practices. A bag's minimal but essential metadata is machine readable, which makes it easy to automate ingest of the data. Bags can be sent over computer networks or physically moved using portable storage devices.

              Bags have built-in inventory checking, to help ensure that content transferred intact. Bags are flexible and can work in many different settings, including situations where the content is located in more than one place. This video describes the preparation and transfer of data over the network in bags.

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                CoOL Moves to American Institute for Conservation

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 23rd, 2009

                Conservation OnLine (CoOL) and the Conservation DistList are moving from the Stanford University Libraries to the American Institute for Conservation.

                Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) announced that they will now host Conservation OnLine (CoOL) after 22 years of its being hosted by Stanford University Libraries. CoOL is a web-based library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives, and museum materials. It contains approximately 120,000 documents, including an online archive of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. It also includes the Conservation DistList, with 9,969 subscribers from at least 91 countries. CoOL serves as both an important resource for information and as a forum for conservation professionals all over the world.

                AIC’s first priority is to make the DistList operational as soon as possible. Further announcements will be made as to the resumption of activity on the DistList and where other CoOL resources will be located in the future. We are continuing discussions with allied and affiliate organizations in order to make CoOL’s transition as seamless as possible.

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                  Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2009 Presentations

                  Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, DSpace, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Institutional Repositories on June 21st, 2009

                  Presentations from the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2009 are now available.

                  Here's those by Texas Digital Library staff:

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                    American Institute of Physics Will Use CLOCKSS Digital Archive

                    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Publishing on June 16th, 2009

                    The American Institute of Physics will use the CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) "dark" digital archive.

                    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                    CLOCKSS will make AIP content freely available in the event that AIP is no longer able to provide access. . . .

                    The CLOCKSS initiative was created in response to the growing concern that digital content purchased by libraries may not always be available due to discontinuation of an electronic journal or because of a catastrophic event. CLOCKSS creates a secure, multi-site archive of web-published content that can be tapped into to provide ongoing access to researchers worldwide, free of charge.

                    "Today, when over one half of all our subscriptions are online only, we owe it to our customers more than ever to provide the best security possible for their electronic products," said Mark Cassar, AIP's Acting Publisher. "Our nearly three-year-old partnership with Portico, and now our participation in the CLOCKSS initiative, solidifies this commitment."

                    CLOCKSS' decentralized, geographically distributed preservation strategy ensures that the digital assets of the global research community will survive intact. Additionally, it satisfies the demand for locally situated archives with 15 archive nodes planned worldwide by 2010.

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                      Stanford Ends Support for Conservation OnLine (CoOL)

                      Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 15th, 2009

                      Catherine Tierney, Associate University Librarian for Technical Services at the Stanford University Libraries, has announced in a padg mailing list message that, due to budget constraints, the Libraries will no longer be able to support Conservation OnLine (CoOL). The Libraries had supported CoOL for 22 years.

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                        Curating Atmospheric Data for Long Term Use: Infrastructure and Preservation Issues for the Atmospheric Sciences Community

                        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on June 11th, 2009

                        The Digital Curation Centre has released Curating Atmospheric Data for Long Term Use: Infrastructure and Preservation Issues for the Atmospheric Sciences Community, SCARP Case Study No. 2.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        DCC SCARP aims to understand disciplinary approaches to data curation by substantial case studies based on an immersive approach. As part of the SCARP project we engaged with a number of archives, including the British Atmospheric Data Centre, the World Data Centre Archive at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (EISCAT). We developed a preservation analysis methodology which is discipline independent in application but none the less capable of identifying and drawing out discipline specific preservation requirements and issues. In this case study report we present the methodology along with its application to the Mesospheric Stratospheric Tropospheric (MST) radar dataset, which is currently supported by and accessed through the British Atmospheric Data Centre. We suggest strategies for the long term preservation of the MST data and make recommendations for the wider community.

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