7 April 2008 Euston Road, London | British Library Conference Centre


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Significant properties are essential characteristics of a digital object which must be preserved over time for the digital object to remain accessible and meaningful. Proper understanding of the significant properties of digital objects is critical to establish best practices and helps answer the fundamental question related to digital preservation: what to preserve?


The importance of significant properties has been highlighted by a number of notable digital preservation initiatives in recent years. These include a range of projects funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the European Union, in which work has been undertaken to investigate the factors affecting decisions on significant properties, to establish generic models for determining them, to develop tools and services for describing and extracting them, or simply to understand complex digital object types, using the concept of significant properties as a starting point.

JISC, the British Library and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are organising a joint workshop on 7th April at the British Library Conference Centre. The intention is to bring together the relevant projects and report on progress to date.

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NeilGrindley
Neil Grindley (JISC)
Welcome and introduction
AndrewWilson 
Keynote Speaker Andrew Wilson (NAA)
Presentation PDF 199KB
StephenGrace
Stephen Grace (CeRch)
INSPECT Project
Presentation PDF 1.3MB
DavidDuce
David Duce (OBU)
JISC Study 1 - Vector Images
Presentation PDF 1.6MB
MikeStapleton
Mike Stapleton, (SSL)
JISC Study 2 - Moving Images
Presentation PDF 561KB
BrianMatthews
Brian Matthews (STFC)
JISC Study 3 - Software
Presentation PDF 1.1MB
RichardDavis
Richard Davis (ULCC)
JISC Study 4 - e-Learning Objects
Presentation PDF 1.0MB
AdrianBrown
Adrian Brown (PLANETS)
Preservation Characterisation in PLANETS
Presentation PDF 1.5MB
RogerLloyd
Roger Lloyd (Barclay Wealth)
Industry / Media
Presentation PDF 839KB
ColinNielson
Colin Neilson (DCC)
SCARP Project Presentation PDF 719KB
StephenRankin
Stephen Rankin (on behalf of David Giaretta) (DCC)
Digital Object Semantics Presentation PDF 453KB
CalLee
Cal Lee (UNC Chapel Hill)
SIGPROPS Presentation PDF 193KB
AndrewWilson
Andrew Wilson (NAA)
Comments/summary
ChrisRusbridge
Chair, Chris Rusbridge (DCC)
Discussion
FrancesBoyle
Frances Boyle (DPC)
Closing Remarks

Key to acronyms:

JISC Joint Information Systems Committee
NAA National Archives of Australia
CeRch Centre for e-Research , King's College London (incorporating the Arts & Humanities Data Service)
OBU Oxford Brookes University
SSL System Simulation Ltd.
STFC Science and Technologies Facilities Council
ULCC University of London Computing Centre
PLANETS Preservation and Long Term Access Through Networked Services
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DCC Digital Curation Centre
UNC University of North Carolina
DPC Digital Preservation Coalition

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