27 September 2011 York | York Science Park, University of York


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As volumes and complexity of data grow, so digital preservation processes rely on increasingly automated tools and processes. But preservation actions are often specific to the workflows and functions of individual institutions. So, although our toolkit has grown significantly, the very particular demands of individual workflows create a subtle and stubborn gap between tools and their deployment. This frustrates archivists and curatorial staff who want to simplify and automate their processes; and it inhibits developers who seek to provide tools that are satisfying and dependable.

This ‘hackathon’ will bridge that gap by facilitating a closer relationship between individual developers and digital collection owners. It will provide a forum for practical problem solving. It will help collection owners to articulate their requirements in ways that developers can address; and will help developers respond more precisely to the needs of a community hungry for solutions.

This event follows the success of the ‘AQuA’ project mashup events (http://wiki.opf-labs.org/display/AQuA/Home) which developed solutions to automate quality assurance of digital collections. In a similar way it will bring together digital collection owners and technical experts to address validation issues and long term access to digital content. It provides an opportunity to contribute your experience, and also to learn from the diverse skills and backgrounds of the other participants.

Who should come?

  • Collection owners who can bring along samples of their problematic digital collections. You will be asked to give a short talk to provide an overview of the content and the known or potential issues to the group.
  • Developers / technical experts who want to gain hands-on experience of applying digital preservation techniques to digital collections. You will be asked to give a short talk about your technical experience and interests.

We'll match up the collection owners with the technical experts to further discuss the issues before developing and applying preservation tools to meet your needs. We will run parallel workshops for collection owners to learn more about articulating requirements and creating concrete use cases to feed into tool development.

Provisional Programme

DAY 1: Tuesday 27 September

Time

Facilitator

Practitioners sessions

Developers sessions

10.00 – 10.30

 

Coffee and registration

10.30 – 11.00

BvdW

Welcome, introductions, housekeeping, overview of aims, sessions & structure (wiki and github)

11.00 – 11.30

WK

Introduction to collection issues and articulating requirements

11.30 – 12.30

All CO

All Dev

Collection owners presentations: outline content and issues

Developers presentations: interests and technologies

12.30 – 13.15

 

Lunch

13.15 – 14.00

 

Pair/Group CO & Devs: discuss collection issues in further detail, record on flipcharts and feedback to the group

14.00 – 14.30

BvdW

Creating requirements and use cases

Brainstorming (tools)

Hacking

14.30 – 15.30

BvdW, KA, WK

Break out groups: requirements and use case workshops

15.30 – 15.45

 

Coffee break

 

15.45 – 16.00

BvdW, KA, WK

Write-up session: populate wiki with collections outlines, issues and requirements

Hacking

16.00 – 16.15

 

Check in: CO and Devs to refocus hacking

16.15 – 16.45

 

Devs and COs feedback to the group

19.00

 

Dinner

DAY 2: Wednesday 28 September

09.00 – 09.15

 

Coffee

09.15 – 09.45

 

Check in: CO and Dev. Document on wiki

09.45 – 10.45

AJ

Planets one year on: OPF and SCAPE

Hacking

10.45 – 11.00

 

Coffee

11.00 – 12.15

TBC

Plato demo and requirements sessions

Hacking

12.15 – 13.15

 

Lunch

13.15 – 14.30

TBC

Fido demo and requirements sessions

Hacking

14.30 – 15.30

TBC

(Taverna/Curators Workbench?) demo and requirements session

15.30 – 15.45

 

Coffee

15.45 – 16.15

 

Check in: CO and Dev, continue write-up on wiki

16.15 – 16.45

 

Devs feedback to the group

16.45 – 17.30

 

Dev hacking

Evening

 

Hackathon: check availability of student accommodation/common room/wiki etc.

DAY 3: Thursday 29 September

09.00 – 09.15

 

Coffee

09.15 – 10.30

 

Check in and write-ups: CO and Devs

10.30 – 10.45

 

Coffee

10.45 – 12.15

 

Widget wish-list

Hacking

12.15 – 13.15

 

Lunch

13.15 – 14.15

 

Training / demo session??

Hacking

14.15 – 15.00

 

Check in: CO and Dev

15.00 – 15.15

 

Coffee

15.15 – 16.00

 

Evaluation and awards


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