The 2014 APA conference launched the APA Centre of Excellence (CoE).
The CoE is a membership organisation, built on the existing Alliance for Permanent Access (APA), supplemented greatly by the APARSEN and SCIDIP-ES FP7 EU projects, which provide expertise about digital preservation and obtaining value from digitally encoded information. Our members have demonstrated this capability with their own data, supplemented with tools, services and techniques which have been proved through extensive research and accelerated lifetime testing, and which has been applied most recently to long term preservation for a number of space agencies.
The CoE provides training, consultancy, tools and services to support organisations which need to ensure that their digital resources remain understandable and usable. It can also help to create the business case to justify the resources needed in order to provide sustainable digital preservation.
The unique selling point is that CoE offering is coherent and consistent and should be applicable to any type of digital object and it is backed by the combined experience of the DP pioneers both in the research field and, more importantly, as worldwide earliest adopters of DP practices. While there are specific data areas such as documents or audio-visual which have community recognised preservation techniques, the CoE believes that most, if not all, repositories will be called on to preserve many different types of information.The services offering comes from members, experts in their fields, as well as from the APA office. Members obtain benefits including, but not limited to, being able to access additional, non-public material, discounts on access to the offerings and to present a unified voice to policy makers and funders.
The conference was organised around examples from members showing how they have tackled and overcome their preservation problems. The examples are further grouped around the integrated view of digital preservation which APARSEN has brought together.
|Wednesday 22 October|
|08:30-09:15||Registration and Welcome Coffee|
|09:15-09:30||Dr Juan Bicarregui
Chair of the APA
|WELCOME to the launch of the APARSEN Centre of Excellence in Digital Preservation
|09:30-09:50||Manuela Speiser European Commission Project Officer APARSEN||EU-FUNDED DIGITAL PRESERVATION RESEARCH – Under the last EU research programme (FP7), important investments were made to support projects advancing the state of the art in digital preservation technologies and services. The APARSEN Centre of Excellence is a milestone within this programme
European Grid Infrastructure (EGI)
|EGI – A COMMUNITY AND A SHARED E-INFRASTRUCTURE
Building on over a decade of investment by national governments and the European Commission, EGI supports more than 22,000 researchers across many scientific fields with a wide range of technical services such as high-throughput data analysis, federated cloud, federated operations and community building.
|10:20-10:45||Maria Guercio and Silvio Salza, CINI Università di Roma “La Sapienza”||DEPLOYING APARSEN/APA CoE AT A NATIONAL LEVEL: The Italian proposal
The CoE offer may become more attractive and effective if national peculiarities are taken into account. The talk briefly discusses the Italian experience, which is mostly driven by national regulations on digital preservation and specific needs of the user community.
|11:15-11:45||Pier Giorgio Marchetti
|ESA PERSPECTIVE ON EARTH SCIENCE DATA PRESERVATION
|11:45-12:15||Prof. John Wood, CBE
Secretary General Association of Commonwealth Universities
|THE GLOBAL VIEW – RDA|
|12:15-13:00||Dr David Giaretta
Director APA and Technical Coordinator APARSEN Project
STFC and Coordinator APARSEN Project
|APARSEN/APA CENTRE of EXCELLENCE – will describe how a CoE will help your organisation to harness the results of the 100M Euro investment in digital preservation. The pioneers and expert practitioners can help you through training, services, tools and consultancy, all made coherent through an integrated view.
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|OPPORTUNITIES FOR CoE SERVICES OFFERING
|14:20-15:00||Fulvio Marelli and David Giaretta
|SCIDIP-ES SERVICES – e-Infrastructure to help improve digital preservation and add value – as part of the CoE
The SCIDIP-ES project has deployed a set of tools and services which supplement the existing capabilities of repositories to improve their ability to preserve their digital holdings. These have been demonstrated through deployment in a number of Earth Science repositories.
Demonstrations will be available in a parallel session
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|15:00-15:45||Hans-Ulrich Heidbrink InContec GmbH||INTRODUCTION TO THE APARSEN STANDARDS DATABASE
Standards, formal, community, national and best practice, underpin work on digital preservation. The standards database make it easier to find and use existing standards.
|16:15-17:00||Dr Jamie Shiers
|DATA PRESERVATION AT THE EXA-SCALE: CHALLENGES OF THE NEXT 10 YEARS
Focusing on plans to address these challenges in a manner that builds on the well-established basis of recent data preservation projects, best practices and standards and simultaneously addresses issues related to multi-decade sustainability
|17:00-17:30||Reinhard Altenhöner and Katarina Haage
German National Library
|INGEST LEVELS AND PERSISTENT IDENTIFICATION
Services for R & D and heritage organisations from the German National Library
|17:30-18:00||Barbara Bazzanella and Paolo Bouquet
University of Trento
|THE ENTITY NAME SYSTEM (ENS)
A technical infrastructure for implementing interoperability services for persistent identifiers and other digital identifiers’
|18:00-19:00||Drinks followed by dinner at 19:00|
|Thursday 23 October|
The Centre of Excellence training session will cover the different strands of training on offer including training events, online training portal, formal qualifications and the evaluation of training needs. APA partners will present the various training programmes on offer.
INMARKDr David Giaretta APA/APARSEN
|CoE CONSULTANCY SERVICES – a gateway to the expertise of the pioneers in digital preservation
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|11:30-12:00||Eefke Smit, STMSTM PUBLISHERS’ PERSPECTIVE ON THE CoE AS END USERS|
|COMPUTING ECOSYSTEMS AND DIGITAL LEGACY
Obsolescence of digital technologies is affected by economic factors and continuous drive for innovation in computing industry. A digital technology becomes obsolete when the market changes, the demand is reduced, and the technology production and maintenance become unfeasible. That has a detrimental effect for the owners of the digital content that depends on such technology. Considering that the obsolete technology has been rejected by its primary market, any attempt to extend its use inevitably faces the challenge of becoming economically sustainable. Depending on the technical approach, e.g., format migration, hardware emulation and software virtualization, the cost and risk profiles of such services will differ. In this presentation we consider steps that are necessary to create a solid foundation for creating economically sustainable services and discuss how such services can become an integral part of the contemporary computing ecosystem.
|12:20-12:50||Peter Doorn and René van Horik||DANS RESEARCH DATA SERVICES and the APARSEN Centre of Excellence
An overview of the tools and services available to curate research data in the Netherlands. DANS provides these services in the federated context of Research Data Netherlands (RDNL) and as a partner in the APARSEN network. The three main pillars of our service infrastructure are (1) a “trusted digital repository” (2) an access portal to research data, publications and other research information and (3) support for research data management by universities and other research organisations
Kings College, London
Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics. Describing the work being carried out by the EU-funded FP7 project PERICLES on digital preservation in environments that are subject to continual change, with particular reference to preservation of space science data
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
|PRELIDA: Challenges in Preserving Linked Data
The talk will review the basic challenges in the preservation of Linked Data datasets, and discuss how current digital preservation methods and tools stand with respect to these challenges
Parallel session from afternoon 22nd onwards
|SCIDIP-ES software demonstration|