Implementing Digital Preservation Strategy: Developing content collection profiles at the British LibraryAbstract: The British Library is increasingly a digital library. Through both digitization and acquisition, it has built up significant collections of digital content covering a very wide range of content types. Most recently, the extension of legal deposit provisions to non-print works in 2013 has meant that it - working in conjunction with the other UK legal deposit libraries - has begun to collect new categories of digital content, including periodic harvests of the UK Web domain. In order to support this, the Library has also invested heavily in developing scalable infrastructures for the acquisition, storage and management of large amounts of digital content. The British Library Digital Preservation Strategy, 2013-2016 is focused on the embedding of digital sustainability as an organizational principle across the Library and to help manage preservation risks and challenges across all digital collection content lifecycles. This practice paper describes work being undertaken by the Digital Preservation Team at the British Library to develop content profiles of high-level digital collections that will support the implementation of the strategy, in particular for the capture of long-term preservation requirements.
Day, Michael; McDonald, Ann; Pennock, Maureen; Kimura, Akiko
Conference ItemAbstract: In this paper, we propose the use of records management principles to identify and manage Web site resources with enduring value as records. Current Web archiving activities, collaborative or organisational, whilst extremely valuable in their own right, often do not and cannot incorporate requirements for proper records management. Material collected under such initiatives therefore may not be reliable or authentic from a legal or archival perspective, with insufficient metadata collected about the object during its active life, and valuable materials destroyed whilst ephemeral items are maintained. Education, training, and collaboration between stakeholders are integral to avoiding these risks and successfully preserving valuable Web-based materials.
Pennock, Maureen; Kelly, Brian
Conference ItemAbstract: This position paper sets out the possibility of a musicology based on the analysis of musical-bibliographical metadata as Big Data. It outlines the work underway, as part of the AHRC-funded project A Big Data History of Music, to align seven major datasets of musical-bibliographical metadata. After discussing some of the technical challenges of data alignment, it suggests how analysis and visualization of this data might transform musicological understandings of cultural transmission and canon formation.
Rose, Stephen; Tuppen, Sandra