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Software Preservation Webinar EPISODE 1: Software Preservation Overview

The Software Preservation Webinar Series provides a survey of software preservation contexts. Each episode will explore a different software preservation context by providing an overview, discussion with guest speakers (specialists in digital preservation, software studies, scholarly communication, open source software and more) and open discussion with attendees.

The webinar series is jointly hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Software Preservation Network.

EPISODE 1: Software Preservation Overview

This episode will provide an overview of software preservation including past and current programmatic and project-based efforts to address key facets of software preservation such as metadata & standards, law & policy, technological infrastructure, research and training & education. Presenters will provide additional detail about the subsequent episodes in the series, and solicit questions/topics from attendees that will inform open discussion with guests.

Sharing experiences and perspectives is critical to understanding the hurdles in software preservation, to imagining future use of software-dependent data, and to forming a mutual understanding of where collective action is necessary to facilitate those future uses so we hope you will join the discussion.

The webinar series is free to attend and open to all.  Registration for each episode will close the Friday before the scheduled episode.

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Software Preservation Webinar EPISODE 2: Software Collection Development

The Software Preservation Webinar Series provides a survey of software preservation contexts. Each episode will explore a different software preservation context by providing an overview, discussion with guest speakers (specialists in digital preservation, software studies, scholarly communication, open source software and more) and open discussion with attendees.

The webinar series is jointly hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Software Preservation Network.

EPISODE 2: Software Collection Development

This episode will review existing software collections and who those collections serve. In order to better capture current efforts in collecting software, we will identify different collection profiles and the set of features that characterize each of them. We will explore how collection development policies and strategies for existing collections impacts community goals of sharing and reuse.

Guests:

  • Tim Walsh (Canadian Centre for Architecture)

  • Paula Jabloner (Computer History Museum)

  • Patricia Falcao (Tate)

Discussion Questions:

  1. How did you get your hands on the material? Map out your acquisition process and your relationships with donors, loaners, sellers and manufacturers.

  2. Why are you collecting software and what are you collecting? Pinpoint your collection’s distinctive features and its (potential) users.

  3. What does collecting software entails? Describe what types of physical and digital components are found in your software collection.

  4. Are all software collecting entities ensuring preservation? Define and compare procedures and standards in collecting and preserving software.

Sharing experiences and perspectives is critical to understanding the hurdles in software preservation, to imagining future use of software-dependent data, and to forming a mutual understanding of where collective action is necessary to facilitate those future uses so we hope you will join the discussion.

The webinar series is free to attend and open to all.  Registration for each episode will close the Friday before the scheduled episode.

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Software Preservation Webinar EPISODE 3: Software (Re)Use Cases

The Software Preservation Webinar Series provides a survey of software preservation contexts. Each episode will explore a different software preservation context by providing an overview, discussion with guest speakers (specialists in digital preservation, software studies, scholarly communication, open source software and more) and open discussion with attendees.

The webinar series is jointly hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Software Preservation Network.

EPISODE 3: Software (Re)Use Cases

The “collections as data” initiative centers user communities and use cases in discussions about collection development. This episode will highlight research use cases for software collections, and explore whether and how the “collections as data” approach is a useful response to the unique challenges of collecting, preserving and providing access to software?

Guests:

  • Matthew Allen (University of Toronto)

  • Eric Kaltman (Carnegie Mellon University)

Discussion Questions:

  1. How does software factor in to your research? How do you utilize software as data/as a research object?

  2. What are the unique qualities of software as data/as a research object?

  3. How/Where do you access the software you have used in your research?

  4. Do you think that the practice of creating/writing software is a requirement for the study of software as a research object?

  5. Which "Collections as Data" tools/documentary methods (position statements, facets, personas) have the greatest impact potential for software preservation efforts?

Sharing experiences and perspectives is critical to understanding the hurdles in software preservation, to imagining future use of software-dependent data, and to forming a mutual understanding of where collective action is necessary to facilitate those future uses so we hope you will join the discussion.

The webinar series is free to attend and open to all.  Registration for each episode will close the Friday before the scheduled episode.

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Software Preservation Webinar EPISODE 4: Software in Digital/Scholarly Communications

The Software Preservation Webinar Series provides a survey of software preservation contexts. Each episode will explore a different software preservation context by providing an overview, discussion with guest speakers (specialists in digital preservation, software studies, scholarly communication, open source software and more) and open discussion with attendees.

The webinar series is jointly hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Software Preservation Network.

EPISODE 4: Software in Digital/Scholarly Communications

This episode will provide an overview of scholarly communication practices as they relate to software preservation and citation within contemporary scholarly research methods. Attention will be paid to evolving and changing practices in a variety of institutional settings (e.g. post-secondary institutions , GLAMs, nonprofits), and to the need for disciplinary responsiveness in publication and citation practices.

Guests:

  • James Howison (University of Texas at Austin)

  • Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati (Vanderbilt University)

  • Neil Chue Hong (Software Sustinability Institute)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Where (and when) can software preservation discussions enter into the research process? Especially in terms of disciplines such as the humanities where issues of software creation, preservation, and emulation are in the initial stages of development.

  2. What role can training take in order to facilitate scholarly communication practices within and beyond institutional boundaries? E.g. outward facing blogs as well as internal communication re. Best practices, workflows etc.

  3. What teams/groups should be involved in discussions of software in digital/scholarly communications? How can SPN or other collectives work to build strong networks?

  4. Where do you see software in digital/scholarly communications in the next 5 years? 10 years?

Sharing experiences and perspectives is critical to understanding the hurdles in software preservation, to imagining future use of software-dependent data, and to forming a mutual understanding of where collective action is necessary to facilitate those future uses so we hope you will join the discussion.

The webinar series is free to attend and open to all.  Registration for each episode will close the Friday before the scheduled episode.

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Software Preservation Webinar EPISODE 5: Scaling Software Preservation and Emulation

The Software Preservation Webinar Series provides a survey of software preservation contexts. Each episode will explore a different software preservation context by providing an overview, discussion with guest speakers (specialists in digital preservation, software studies, scholarly communication, open source software and more) and open discussion with attendees.

The webinar series is jointly hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Software Preservation Network.

EPISODE 5: Scaling Software Preservation and Emulation

This episode will explore current programmatic and project based initiatives to create the processes and infrastructure that will support a growing number of software (re)use cases/organizational users. Our first use case will highlight challenges and opportunities associated with scaling an institutional software preservation program. Our second use case will highlight the challenges and opportunities associated with scaling software preservation across institutions.

Guests:

  • Euan Cochrane (Yale University)
  • Maureen Pennock (British Library)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Define scale in the context of your project. How is scale different from growth?
  2. Are there aspects of software preservation that are not in scope for your project or program to tackle, but are nevertheless crucial to the long-term success of your project or programmatic goals?

Sharing experiences and perspectives is critical to understanding the hurdles in software preservation, to imagining future use of software-dependent data, and to forming a mutual understanding of where collective action is necessary to facilitate those future uses so we hope you will join the discussion.

The webinar series is free to attend and open to all.  Registration for each episode will close the Friday before the scheduled episode.

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Software Preservation Webinar EPISODE 6: Software Preservation and Legal Challenges

The Software Preservation Webinar Series provides a survey of software preservation contexts. Each episode will explore a different software preservation context by providing an overview, discussion with guest speakers (specialists in digital preservation, software studies, scholarly communication, open source software and more) and open discussion with attendees.

The webinar series is jointly hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Software Preservation Network.

EPISODE 6: Software Preservation and Legal Challenges

This episode will explore the legal challenges associated with preservation, sharing and reuse of software. Guests will discuss their current advocacy work and next steps for legal strategy around software preservation.

Guests:

  • Brandon Butler (University of Virginia)
  • Additional participants forthcoming

Discussion Questions:

  1. Describe the relevant legal considerations when discussing software preservation and reuse in a research context.
  2. Describe your work in this area - who you are working with and your methods for understanding the current state of the field.
  3. What can digital preservation practitioners do in order to ensure that software dependency concerns are heard and considered?

Sharing experiences and perspectives is critical to understanding the hurdles in software preservation, to imagining future use of software-dependent data, and to forming a mutual understanding of where collective action is necessary to facilitate those future uses so we hope you will join the discussion.

The webinar series is free to attend and open to all.  Registration for each episode will close the Friday before the scheduled episode.

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Future-proofing Digital Preservation for Research Data

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Developing an effective research data preservation policy and workflows provides a foundation upon which all activities around the management of digital materials can be based. In turn, this can bring assurance that digital materials are being managed appropriately and to best effect. However, how can you be sure that what you do now will stand the test of time? And how can you meet the needs of all stakeholders across your institution to make sure active management of research data is optimised AND future-proofed?

Establishing how an organisation should manage its preservation activities is a difficult question. Every institution is different, and no one dataset is the same, but could a shared approach enable the benefit of research data management and digital preservation to be collectively assessed, shared and understood?

This open event is designed to look at a five-year horizon for research data preservation. It will explore how emerging themes in digital preservation and in research data generation challenge or endorse assumptions and values that underpin the Research Data Shared Service. In doing so it will make recommendations that, if adopted, would go some way to 'future-proofing' digital preservation for research data.

Presentations will seek to:

  • Identify some of the challenges expected to arise over the next 5 years
  • Explore how these might be addressed to safeguard data against future challenges
  • Identify whether a shared approach might be feasible
  • Examine the role of the RDSS as a platform for efficiency

Would should come?

  • Grant holders
  • Programme managers
  • Collections managers, librarians, curators and archivists within the Higher Education sector
  • Records managers in institutions with a need for long-lived data
  • Vendors and developers with digital preservation solutions

Indicative Programme

1000 – Registration open, tea and coffee

1030 – Welcome and scene setting

1040 – Research Data Shared Service (RDSS): An overview

1100 – Expectations from a funder perspective

1130 – Case Studies: Managing different research data types

1230 – Lunch

1330 – Breakouts: What do we need to support long-term access?

1430 – Feedback from breakouts

1500 – Tea and Coffee

1520 – RDSS: Demo and future plans for sustained access

1545 – Panel discussion

1615 – Close

How to register?

Attendance at this event is free and open to anyone but registration is essential.

If you register but cannot come, please let us know no later than 1 week before the event, otherwise a cancellation fee of £30 will apply.

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We will be live streaming this Briefing Day for DPC members and making the recordings openly available for everyone after the event. We will also be tweeting from the event using the hashtag #RDMFuture.


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