30 November 2017 | 10:30 - 12:30(GMT) Cambridge, UK | GR03, Faculty of English, 9 West Road

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Cambridge University Library is delighted to introduce Professor Natasa Milic-Frayling to speak at 'The Digital Future' event. Prof. Milic-Frayling is Professor and Chair in Data Science at the University of Nottingham and is involved with two initiatives that are directly related to digital obsolescence and its effects on sustaining value of digital assets. Prof. Milic-Frayling is Chair of the UNESCO PERSIST Technology and Research Group and is the founder of Intact Digital which introduces new practices with software vendors to ensure continuous use of their clients' data.

Prof. Milic-Frayling will speak about the notion of 'digital continuity', proposing a requirement to creators of digital technologies to enable the use of their technologies beyond their market prime. Emulation and virtualisation are particular techniques to run old software and access old digital content but they come with complex licensing issues. Researchers and scholars however can virtualise open source research codes used in experiments and we can easily package research data and software together so that is can be used for decades to come. However, there is a problem with this and it is that problem that Prof. Milic-Frayling will explore. She will also explore the issue of economic sustainability, drawing on her own experience of software sustainability within the vendor market and asking similar questions of sustainability within an academic context.

Following a question and answer session, there will be a panel discussion about the University of Cambridge's digital future assets and the concerns from various perspectives. We will hear from Dr Anne Alexander (Digital Humanities Network, Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), Dr Katrina Dean (Curator of Scientific Collections, University Library), Huw Jones (Cambridge Digital Library, University Library) and Dr Arthur Smith (Deputy Head of Office of Scholarly Communication (Open Access)).

A buffet lunch will follow in the Faculty of English Social Space.


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