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Reflections on PASIG 2017, Oxford

Matt Zawadski

Matt Zawadski

Last updated on 20 October 2017

Read Matt Zawadski's account of sessions on Emulation and Software Preservation at PASIG 2017. Matt, who works at the University of Sheffield, attended PASIG with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by our Commericial Supporters.


The PASIG conference arrived at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford with delegates from over 30 different countries attending. The first day consisted of a bootcamp, designed to get delegates ‘on the same page’ regarding all things digital preservation (DP) whilst days two and three of the conference consisted of presentations on various topics covering many aspects of digital preservation.

The venue for PASIG 2017 is home to both the Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers museum, and both were open for delegates to avail themselves of during quieter periods when conference presentations regarding digital preservation were not foremost in their thoughts. The museums and Oxford served as a mirror to some broader themes that struck me as I attended the conference as a first timer, due to a generous scholarship from the DPC.

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Here I am - advocating again……

Kirsty Lingstadt

Kirsty Lingstadt

Last updated on 17 October 2017

Kirsty Lingstadt is Head of Digital Library and Deputy Director of Library and University Collections at the University of Edinburgh


Well here I am writing my very first blog post. My geeky other half has been blogging since LiveJournal was a thing. (These days he has a regular column at Black Gate Magazine and often guest posts for SF author Charles Stross.) He’s always telling me I should write up some of my increasingly technical “war stories”, and I’m always responding by saying no – it’s not that interesting. But the folks at the DPC swear they’re interested, so here I am…

I didn’t start out as a technical person, but it turns out I’ve been doing digital preservation for the last 13 years -- much longer then I realised! Mostly I’m self-taught, with some boosts from various “introductions to digital” preservation courses – I still fondly remember attending a Digital Curation 101 Course in Oxford in 2005 (with Seamus Ross in attendance) giving me my first formal insight into some of the challenges I was already facing and to some extent continue to face. My organisation at the time sent me because during my job interview I’d talked extensively about the need to preserve not just the physical collections but also the born digital ones. Hence I was there to learn more.

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Acquisition and Appraisal at iPres2017

Jaye Weatherburn

Jaye Weatherburn

Last updated on 16 October 2017

Read Jaye Weatherburn's account of sessions on Acquisition & Appraisal at iPRES 2017. Jaye attended iPRES 2017 with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by our Commericial Supporters.


Thanks to a DPC Leadership Program scholarship (made possible by Commercial Supporters Arkivum, Preservica and Mirror Web) I attended iPres 2017 in Kyoto. This blog post focusses on the three presentations in the “Acquisition & Appraisal” session (Wednesday 27th September, 1410-1510). Each of the three presentations in this group focused on very different areas, from legacy media to augmented reality games, and also featured email analysis software. Each presentation had at its core the desire to provide answers to some digital preservation challenges, while also generating avenues and ideas for future research. I’ve gone with a descriptive style for my report on these sessions, with a wee bit of personal reflection.

The three presentations were:

  1. A Case Study on Retrieval of Data from 8 inch Disks ‒ Of the Importance of Hardware Repositories for Digital Preservation
  2. ePADD: Computational analysis software enabling screening, browsing, and access for email collections
  3. Challenges in Preserving Augmented Reality Games: A Case Study of Ingress and Pokémon GO
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Reflections from the 10th RDA Plenary in Montreal

Juan Bicarregui

Juan Bicarregui

Last updated on 12 October 2017

I am writing this blog in the departure lounge at Montreal Airport whilst waiting for my flight back from the RDA Plenary meeting. RDA, the Research Data Alliance, is an international initiative that aims to build the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data. The RDA Plenaries, held each 6 months, attract about 500 people and provide an opportunity for people to come together to work on topics of common interest that they define themselves.

Having been to all ten Plenaries, I consider myself to be a bit of an old hand, but yet again I found this meeting as invigorating as it was exhausting.  Every session, whether it was a Birds of a Feather getting together for the first time to look for areas of common interest around a broad theme, or an Interest Group setting a research agenda for a particular topic, or a Working Group focused on a specific task, was filled with energy and enthusiasm as the participants dived into a discussion on their favorite subject.

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Preserving the insensible: potential avenues for research?

Lee Pretlove

Lee Pretlove

Last updated on 10 October 2017

I had initially conceived this blog as a meditation on the science (or art) of appraisal. Since July I’ve had the opportunity to attend conference and events (DPASSH, DPC events, PASIG to name a few). Throughout these events, through conversation and reflection, my thoughts on archival appraisal continued to be, well, reappraised. However, William Kilbride’s blog on ‘The Data Vanishes’ has really, really got me thinking about what it is we are preserving and who should be involved. Therefore, I decided to write about the development of my shifting thoughts about ‘digital stuff’ and precisely what it is that we are trying to preserve. Between the project plans, meetings and implementations, there’s been a bit of reflective thinking here.

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Hull 2017 and the City of Culture archive

Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson

Last updated on 6 October 2017

Hull – City of Culture
In November 2013 Hull was announced as UK City of Culture for 2017. The scheme, echoing that of European City of Culture, seeks to use culture as the focus for regeneration. City of Culture represents a tremendous opportunity to do so much more than normal; not only in terms of our audience engagement activities but also to develop partnerships and contribute to initiatives across the city.

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Long Now: Longer After

William Kilbride

William Kilbride

Last updated on 4 October 2017

I’ve been thinking about interoperability a bit recently and wondered if it might help us frame a wider discussion on how digital preservation might integrate with the wider technology landscape. My basic thesis is that digital preservation remains a niche topic and this is bad news. For all the reasons we’ve discussed before, it’s hard to get chief technology officers, let alone finance directors to invest for the sake of the long term , but if we can build digital preservation capability for inclusion in other systems then everyone will be a winner. There are two messages here: that digital preservation vendors and their clients need to be alert to interoperability (as many already are) so that DP capacity can be deeply embedded within diverse systems; but also that digital preservation is a special case of interoperability and as such has something to offer the rest of the technology sector.

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Emulation and Software Preservation at iPres 2017

Louise Lawson

Louise Lawson

Last updated on 27 September 2017

 

Read Louise Lawson's account of sessions on Emulation and Software Preservation at iPRES 2017. Louise is attending iPRES 2017 with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by our Commericial Supporters.

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FAIR Data in Trustworthy Data Repositories at iPres 2017

Louise Lawson

Louise Lawson

Last updated on 27 September 2017

 

Read Louise Lawson's account of Ingrid Dillo's key note session on FAIR and Open Data at iPRES 2017. Louise is attending iPRES 2017 with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by our Commericial Supporters.

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PASIG 2017 - A Twitter Retelling

Simon Whibley

Simon Whibley

Last updated on 25 September 2017

 

The Twitter coverage of the 2017 PASIG Conference, held at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 11th-13th September, was enthusiastic and comprehensive. Here Simon Whibley gathers together his own tweets, along with those of other conference participants, to provide an overview of the key issues raised during those 3 days in Oxford. Simon attended PASIG 2017 with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by our Commericial Supporters.

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