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Intellectual Property Rights and Digital Preservation, Bristol 21 Nov: member registration now open

Added on 30 September 2011

Pre-Registration is now open 'Intellectual Property Rights and Digital Preservation', a briefing day sponsored jointly by the Digital Preservation Coalition and JISC Digital Media, in Bristol on 21 November 2011.

Digital preservation helps to deliver lasting impact from highly prized and valuable digital resources. This is often understood as a technical challenge but experience shows that a poor fit between technology, processes and regulations constrains preservation actions and significantly inhibit the benefits which long-term access ought to deliver. Operating within a complicated and evolving legal and regulatory landscape, the digital preservation community needs a clear understanding of what it is permitted to do and what risks might inhere within technical processes like format shifting, migration, bit replication and emulation. Foremost among these challenges is the management, protection and evolution of intellectual property rights. It has long been recognised that digital rights management and encryption present a barrier to preserving content. But intellectual property rights do not just impact on the contents of archives but applies also to the containers, wrappers and formats which make the contents accessible.

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Practical Tools for Digital Preservation: A Hack-a-thon

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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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DCC Research Data Management Roadshow: Brighton 4-6th October

Added on 26 September 2011

Places are still available at the 5th Digital Curation Centre Roadshow.  It is being organised in conjunction with the University of Sussex Library. It will take place over 4 - 6 October 2011 at the University of Sussex Conference Centre, Brighton. http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/data-management-roadshows/dcc-roadshow-brighton

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Deadline extended for grants to attend UKDA training course

Added on 21 September 2011

The deadline for applications for grants to attend the UK Data Archive's popular 'How to run a Data Centre: the Challenges of Social Science Data' has been extended to 7th October 2011. 

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University of Leeds joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 19 September 2011

The University of Leeds has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition.

'Over the last few years our digital collections have grown and diversified', explained Bo Middleton of the University Library. ' They represent a considerable investment and we must move to protect these assets through active preservation.'

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The Digital Preservation welcomes Leeds University as its latest associate member

Added on 16 September 2011

The University of Leeds has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition.

'Over the last few years our digital collections have grown and diversified', explained Bo Middleton of the University Library. ' They represent a considerable investment and we must move to protect these assets through active preservation.'

'We have joined the DPC because we want to be active participants in discussions of key digital preservation issues. We also recognise the benefits that will accrue from access to world class research. We are delighted to become members of the key forum for the digital preservation community which is working to develop policies and encourage the adoption of best practice.'

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DPC Response to EU Science Information Policy Consultation

The DPC has responded to a consultation from the EC regarding science information policy, noting that the impacts sought from improved access to scientific information are only viable where sufficient attention is paid to preservation. 

Preservation has a particular importance for scientific information because meaningful innovation is necessarily responsive previous generations of research. In that sense, preservation of appropriate research outputs is essential to all sciences, especially for unrepeatable experiments or unique moments of discovery. Aspirations about access to information are meaningless without commensurate actions that to ensure preservation. We welcome all actions that will encourage a dialogue between and within member states to ensure the preservation of scientific information and we call on the EU to engage in that dialogue as a matter of urgency, using existing examples of best practice to help build capacity.

Read the original consultation from the EC

See the full text of the DPC response.

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DPC Responds to EU Science Policy Consultation

Added on 8 September 2011

The DPC has today responded to a new policy consultation from the EU regarding preservation and access to scientific information.

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DPC Prospectus 2011-12 released

Added on 5 September 2011

The DPC has today released its prospectus of activities for 2011 and 2012.  The prospectus explain the work of the Coalition and the benefits of membership for the 12 months ahead.  It outlines the specialist working parties, expert events and publications that members will get priority access to over the period, including:

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