Archive for the 'Digital Curation & Digital Preservation' Category

"10 Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientific Data"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on January 15th, 2014

Alyssa Goodman et al. have self-archived "10 Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientific Data" in arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt:

This article offers a short guide to the steps scientists can take to ensure that their data and associated analyses continue to be of value and to be recognized. In just the past few years, hundreds of scholarly papers and reports have been written on questions of data sharing, data provenance, research reproducibility, licensing, attribution, privacy, and more, but our goal here is not to review that literature. Instead, we present a short guide intended for researchers who want to know why it is important to "care for and feed" data, with some practical advice on how to do that.

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    From Bitstreams to Heritage: Putting Digital Forensics into Practice in Collecting Institutions

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 13th, 2013

    The BitCurator Project has released From Bitstreams to Heritage: Putting Digital Forensics into Practice in Collecting Institutions.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The application of forensics tools and methods to the curation of born-digital collections in LAMs has advanced significantly over the past several years. It would have been quite surprising, for example, to hear an archivist talking about write blockers or disk images ten years ago, but such terms are now used frequently at archival conferences and increasingly in the professional literature. The BitCurator project is actively working to construct both the tools and the necessary documentation to help LAMs integrate digital forensics into their workflows. The BitCurator software environment is freely available for download and installation, and we continue to add associated documentation. The next phase of BitCurator will focus on continued software development, professional engagement activities, and further uptake of the software as we work to resolve real-world challenges facing LAMs.

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      "A Risk Analysis of File Formats for Preservation Planning"

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 12th, 2013

      SCAPE has released "A Risk Analysis of File Formats for Preservation Planning."

      Here's an excerpt:

      This paper presents an approach for automatic estimation of preservation risk for file formats. The main contribution of this work is a definition of the risk factors with associated severity level and its automatic computation. Our goal is to apply a solid knowledge base automatically extracted from linked open data repositories as the basis of the risk analysis system for digital preservation. This method is meant to facilitate decision making with regard to preservation of digital content in libraries and archives.

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        Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization on December 12th, 2013

        The PrestoCentre Foundation has released Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template is intended to take an institution step-by-step through the process of drafting a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the transfer of analog video formats to digital carriers for preservation. This template can be used by libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions and submitted to qualified transfer vendors.

        Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation publication is part of the Video at Risk project undertaken by New York University and two partner institutions, Loyola University New Orleans and the University of California, Berkeley. The authors of this publication set out to create a template that would identify the key elements integral to the transfer of the video and audio signal from Standard Definition VHS to a preservation-quality digital file.

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          Digital Curation: D3.1—Evaluation of Cost Models and Needs & Gaps Analysis (MS12 Draft)

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 11th, 2013

          The 4C Project has released D3.1—Evaluation of Cost Models and Needs & Gaps Analysis (MS12 Draft).

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          This draft report. . . provides an analysis of existing research related to the economics of digital curation and reports upon the investigation of how well current cost and benefit models meet stakeholders' needs for calculating and comparing financial information. It aims to point out gaps that need to be bridged between the capabilities of currently available models and tools, and stakeholders' needs for financial information.

          To facilitate and clarify the model evaluation the report first outlines a basic terminology and a general description of the components of cost and benefit models.

          The report then describes how the ten current and emerging cost models and benefit models included in the evaluation were identified and provides a summary of each of the models. This is followed by an in depth analysis of stakeholders' needs for financial information derived from the 4C project stakeholder consultation.

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            A Survey of Preservation Activities in Cultural Heritage Institutions: FY2012

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 10th, 2013

            The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services has released A Survey of Preservation Activities in Cultural Heritage Institutions: FY2012.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            This survey is based on the Preservation Statistics survey program coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) from 1984 through 2008. Following the collection of the 2007-2008 Preservation Statistics data, ARL discontinued surveying its members about their preservation activities; this decision left the preservation community without a way to document, assess, and analyze its collective current practices, staff and budget resources and strategic direction.

            The report examines how respondents are organizing and administering traditional and digital preservation programs and chronicles their preventive preservation (disaster planning, environmental monitoring, outreach and education), conservation and reformatting/digitization activities. The report assesses trends in the preservation programs of academic and research libraries in the five-year span between the last ARL Preservation Statistics Survey in 2007 and this 2012 survey based on the responses provided by the 34 ARL members who participated in this pilot survey.

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              "Speaking the Same Language: Building a Data Governance Program for Institutional Impact"

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 10th, 2013

              Michael J. Chapple has published "Speaking the Same Language: Building a Data Governance Program for Institutional Impact" in EDUCAUSE Review.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The need for consistent, reliable data across business and academic units is creating an unprecedented push toward strong data governance practices on college and university campuses. Working together, leaders from the central IT organization, the institutional research division, central administrative offices, and the academy can build a valuable platform to support data-driven decision-making across the institution. The tools used to create this platform will vary from institution to institution, but all should build toward the common goals of creating a data environment that embraces the five pillars of Quality & Consistency, Policies & Standards, Security & Privacy, Compliance, and Retention & Archiving.

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                Starting the Conversation: University-wide Research Data Management Policy

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on December 9th, 2013

                OCLC Research has released Starting the Conversation: University-wide Research Data Management Policy.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Starting the Conversation: University-wide Research Data Management Policy is a call for action that summarizes the benefits of systemic data management planning and identifies the stakeholders and their concerns. It also suggests that the library director proactively initiate a conversation among these stakeholders to get buy-in for a high-level, responsible data planning and management policy that is proactive, rather than reactive.

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