Conference ItemAbstract: As we develop our ability to preserve digital collections through techniques such as migration and emulation, the decision process of what action to take and when to take it becomes increasingly complex. Cost is a crucial factor to consider but the financial implications of preservation planning decisions are not typically well understood. At a strategic level, there are also significant challenges to contend with as the world moves rapidly to a world of both non-digital and digital information provision. What is the appropriate size and make up of an organisation’s preservation department? A new phase of the LIFE Project is aiming to improve our understanding of the financial aspect of these questions, ensuring preservation risk is minimised and preservation activity can be conducted within the boundaries of our financial constraints. The LIFE Project created a digital lifecycle model based on previous work undertaken on the lifecycles of paper-based materials. It applied the model to real-life collections, modelling their lifecycles and studying their constituent processes. The LIFE approach supported comparison and analysis of digital preservation activity across the complete lifecycle. LIFE3is now beginning to look to the future with the development of a predictive costing model that will support more effective decision making and planning for digital preservation.
Wheatley, Paul; Hole, Brian
Conference ItemAbstract: The Planets project is developing a service-oriented environment for the definition and evaluation of preservation strategies for human-centric data. It focuses on the question of logically preserving digital materials, as opposed to the physical preservation of content bit-streams. This includes the development of preservation tools for the automated characterization, migration, and comparison of different types of digital objects as well as the emulation of their original runtime environment in order to ensure long-time access and interpretability. The Planets integrated environment provides a number of end-user applications that allow data curators to execute and scientifically evaluate preservation experiments based on composable preservation services. In this paper, we focus on the middleware and programming model and show how it can be utilized in order to create complex preservation workflows.
Schmidt, Rainer; King, Ross; Steeg, Fabian; Melms, Peter; Jackson, Andrew; Wilson, Carl
Conference ItemAbstract: Blog archiving and preservation is not a new challenge. Current solutions are commonly based on typical web archiving activities, whereby a crawler is configured to harvest a copy of the blog and return the copy to a web archive. Yet this is not the only solution, nor is it always the most appropriate. We propose that in some cases, an approach building on the functionality provided by web feeds offers more potential. This paper describes research to develop such an approach, suitable for organisations of varying size and which can be implemented with relatively little resource and technical know-how: the ArchivePress project.
Pennock, Maureen; Davis, Richard