Archive for the ‘Preservation’ Category

Digital Preservation Featured in Times Higher Education

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

A feature article entitled “Memory Failure Detected” was published recently in the Times Higher Education which described how:

A coalition of the willing is battling legal, logistical and technical obstacles to archive the riches of the mercurial World Wide Web for the benefit of future scholars

A follow-up letter to this article by Brian Kelly was printed in the Times Higher Education of 15 September 2011. It describes how the JISC is part of the coalition of stakeholders who are helping to engage with preservation of digital resources. The letter summarises UKOLN’s role in managing developments to the Twapper Keeper Twitter archiving service and describes how Twapper Keeper was used to archive over 6,000 tweets posted at the recent ALT-C 2011 Conference.

A paper entitled Twitter archiving using Twapper Keeper: Technical and Policy Challenges, which was presented at the International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (iPRES 2010), described how the project team addressed the technical difficulties and strategic issues associated with Twitter archiving.

Digital Preservation Benefit Analysis Tools

Monday, March 21st, 2011

UKOLN is pleased to announce the launch of a new project focusing on development of a digital preservation benefits analysis toolset.

The Digital Preservation Benefit Analysis Tools Project is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and will run from 1 February to 31 July 2011.

The project  aims to test, review and promote combined use of the Keeping Research Data Safe (KRDS) Benefits Taxonomy and the Value Chain and Impact Analysis tool first applied in the I2S2 Project  for assessing the benefits and impact of digital preservation of research data. We will extend their utility to and adoption within the JISC community by providing user review and guidance for the tools and creating an integrated toolset. The project consortium consists of a mix of user institutions, projects, and disciplinary data services committed to the testing and exploitation of these tools and the lead partners in their original creation. We will demonstrate and critique the tools, and then create and disseminate the toolset and accompanying materials such as user guides and factsheets to the wider community.

The project plan and project outputs will be available from the Project Web site in due course. A dissemination event to mark the conclusion of the project will be held in central London on 12 July 2011. (Further details and registration will be announced in May.)

The project partners are UKOLN and the Digital Curation Centre at the University of Bath, the Centre for Health Informatics and Multi-professional Education (CHIME) at University College London , the UK Data Archive (University of Essex), the Archaeology Data Service (University of York),  OCLC Research, and  Charles Beagrie Limited.

Launch of the JISC Beginner’s Guide to Digital Preservation

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The JISC Beginner’s Guide to Digital Preservation is now live and available for comment. The Guide has been written for practitioners working on JISC projects who would like help with preserving their outputs. It is designed for people who are new to digital preservation but can also serve as a resource for those who have specific requirements or wish to find further resources in certain areas.

Web Preservation the UKOLN Way

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

A guest blog post by Marieke Guy on UKOLN’s current Web preservation work has been published on the Museums Computer Group blog. The postexternal link looks at UKOLN’s activities for the Cultural Heritage sector as well as recent work on preserving tweets and blogs.

Tap into Bath Preservation Case Study

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Ann Chapman has written a case study on the archiving of the Tap into Bath Web site. Tap into Bath was a demonstrator project to
create a searchable database of collection-level descriptions as part of the Collection Description Focus work programme back in 2004.
The site is now being archived for future reference.