APARSEN Deliverables

Virtual Centre of Excellence and Common Vision

Without the ability to provide access to digital objects and data within a repository digital preservation fails.
APARSEN will provide some of the answers as to how access can be maintained through work on identifiers and citability, data policies and governance, and digital rights.

APARSEN will be examining issues relating to interoperability, intelligibility and scalability to help develop a roadmap for how data and digital objects can remain useable and understandable in the long-term.

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    What software is likely to be successful in helping preserve a certain kind of digital object?
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    Recommendations and guidelines for ensuring interoperable digital preservation services are presented as well as analysis of current situation and future requirements.
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    A methodology for capturing, modelling, managing and exploiting various interoperability dependencies is proposed.
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    Scalability needs and gaps are identified. Recommendations on scalability of tools and services are provided.

The issue of trust is at the core of all digital preservation work. How do we trust that a digital object or data is what it claims to be? APARSEN will address issues of trust through work on testing environments, authenticity and provenance, annotation and data quality, and repository certification.

The APARSEN team has been working hard over the past year and some of the results about the important issue of Trust and digital preservation are now available.
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    Proposed common testing aproach provided as well as a framework within which to evaluate efficacy and applicability of proposed preservation tools and techniques.
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    The main events that impact digital objects during their lifecycle in terms of authenticity and provenance are investigated.
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    Authenticity – how can we be sure the right evidence is collected as digital holdings are transformed and handed on to the next in the chain of preservation, and how can people evaluate that evidence coming from a multitude of systems? We have some of the answers.
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    Which repositories can be trusted to look after our valuable digitally encoded information?
    The birth of the European Framework for Audit and Certification of Digital Repositories is described “warts and all” but it looks practical – not inventing a new standard but bringing together the DSA, DIN 31644 and ISO 16363 into a consistent 3 level system.
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    What about data quality? Can we be sure that the data sets supporting publications are also peer reviewed? We have no answers here but we at least identify the problems clearly – perhaps you have the solution.
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    How can we judge data quality, how can reputation and annotation be used to help us in doing that?

Digital repositories must be sustainable if they are to meet their preservation commitments in the medium to long-term. Work within APARSEN on topics such as cost/benefit analysis, preservation services, storage, and business cases will seek to bring together disparate research around this topic to help us build sustainable repositories

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    Study of services related to long-term digital preservation, the needs for them and approaches to classify them.
    What is meant by services for digital preservation (more in section 2)? What types of high-level service could there be (more in section 3)? What implementations exist of these high-level services (more in section 3)? How do the high-level services cover the range of what is required for a trustworthy digital repository (more in section 4)?
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    What options are available for storage, including in-house and use of external storage providers?
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    An integrated view of the options for storage solutions for preservation of digital resources.
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    High level analysis of published cost models as well as the initial findings of a review of their cost parameters is provided.
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    The results of the analysis of cost parameters and the testing of cost models used within digital preservation both for services and repositories is provided. The relationship between costs and benefits is also reviewed in the context of digital preservation.
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    The preparedness in accordance to the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force have been mapped to identify implementation gaps.
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    Focuses on the lessons learnt from exemplary business cases, of economically-sustainable digital preservation initiatives.

APARSEN will align activities, resources and working practices across partner organisation.

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    Standardisation information – report on progress so far.
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    An on-line training portal has been launched.
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    An overview of Digital Preservation curricula and courses in academia, Higher Education and Continuing Professional Education. The survey conducted compares the current provision in formal qualification opportunities within and beyond the library and information sciences.
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    Describes the online application and outlines procedures for continuing maintenance organised by a Virtual Centre of Excellence.
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    What training materials are available and how can we put together a consistent, coherent set of training materials?

We hope you will find these reports informative and will be excited by the proposals which make sure that these paper reports give rise to practical help for funders, repositories, publishers and users of all levels of expertise.
Please let us know what you think by completing the comment box below (you will need to register for a login).

APARSEN is organising webinars and workshops to discuss all these and more so keep your eyes open for annnouncements.


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