16 May 2018 | 8am PST - 10am CT - 4pm BST/CET Online Webinar

The Software Preservation Webinar Series provides a survey of software preservation contexts. Each episode explores 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 provides an overview of scholarly communication practices as they relate to software preservation and citation within contemporary scholarly research methods. Attention is 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.

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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.  

Watch the webinar recording

(Runtime 57 mins)

Read the Chat from the webinar: Episode 4

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