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APARSEN Webinar: Interoperability of Persistent Identifiers

11 June 2014 - 8:38am

25th June 2014, 15:00 CET, 2 pm UK time, 9 am East Coast US. The webinar is scheduled to last 2 hours.

Come and join the next APARSEN Webinar to learn about new interoperability solutions for Persistent Identifier systems for digital objects, authors and contributors. In the current Web environment, many initiatives have been launched for Persistent Identifiers and a variety of different communities are working with their own set of schemas and resolution services. For digital preservation it is of upmost importance that Persistent Identifiers schemes remain operable in the future and become interoperable among each other in order to ensure long-term accessibility, exchange and reuse of scientific and cultural data. In the Webinar experts will present different approaches to defragment the current situation and potential benefits for users of implementing services across PI domains and communities.
These results will feed into the Virtual Centre of Expertise network under development by the APARSEN project.

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE OF SPEAKERS:
1. Maurizio Lunghi & Emanuele Bellini, Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale
2. Sunje Dallmeier-Tiessen & Samuele Carli, CERN
3. Juha Hakala, Finnish National Library
4. Anila Angjeli, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, ISNI consortium
5. Laure Haak, ORCID
6. Barbara Bazzanella, University of Trento

Moderator: Eefke Smit (STM Association)

Further information about the event will be added shortly.

The meeting will be a web-meeting and will take place on megameeting.

Participation is free, no registration required!

Read more about previous APARSEN webinars here.

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Workshop: Digital preservation sustainability on the EU policy level

16 May 2014 - 12:02pm

Workshop: Digital preservation sustainability on the EU policy level

8th September 2014, City University – London, United Kingdom; 13:00 to 17:00

In the framework of The Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) and the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL), London, United Kingdom, 8-12 September 2014

The main objective of the workshop is to provide an overview of solutions to challenges within Digital Preservation Sustainability developed by current and past Digital Preservation research projects. The event brings together various EU projects/initiatives to present their solutions and approaches, and to find synergies between them. A special focus will lie on SCAPE (Scalable Preservation Environments), which will have its final project presentation at this event.

The workshop co-organised by the FP7 projects SCAPE and APARSEN covers a wide spectrum of fields of expertise which are related to Sustainability and Digital Preservation. The workshop consists of two parts: 1) a panel discussion, and 2) a clinic.
In the opening panel session three experts from SCAPE, APARSEN and OPF will discuss the current status of Digital Preservation Sustainability on EU policy level. The aim of the panel discussion is to present, discuss, and evaluate main results of the projects and initiatives and how these will be sustained after the end of the projects. The attendees will have the opportunity to bring in their own questions related to Sustainability and Digital Preservation.
After the panel discussion the attendees can visit stalls run by invited Digital Preservation projects, where they can get information about the projects. Each project/initiative will run a stall and present their view on Digital Preservation sustainability in their particular field. In this “clinic” the projects / initiatives will act as ‘doctors’, so the visiting audience can discuss their preservation issues and get advice from experts.
As part of the workshop SCAPE will make its final, overall presentation, where the attendees have the possibility to meet many of the developers. The project team will present tools and services developed since the start of the project in 2011. A special focus will lie on newly and further developed open source tools for scalable preservation actions; SCAPE’s scalable platform architecture; and its policy-based Planning and Watch solutions.

Programme

13:00-14:40 Panel Session (moderator: Hildelies Balk, NL)
13:00-13:15 APARSEN (Dr. David Giaretta, UK)
13:15-13:30 SCAPE (Dr. Ross King, AT)
13:30-13:45 OPF (Ed Fay, UK)
13:45-14:30 Panel discussion
14:30-14:40 Wrap up and Conclusions
14:40-14:50 Elevator Pitches
14:50-15:00 Short break
15:00-17:00 Clinic Session (all projects involved) – coffee during this session

Panellist

David GiarettaDr. David Giaretta, Director of Alliance for Permanent Access (APA),
David Giaretta gained his MA, MSc and a doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Oxford University. He has worked on a number of astronomical satellites, including the Hubble Space Telescope, ran a number of repositories of scientific data and has published numerous scientific articles. Dr. Giaretta chaired the panel which produced the original and led the update of OAIS Reference Model (ISO 14721). He led the production of the ISO standard (ISO 16363) for audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories, and the creation of the certification process. In 2003 Dr. Giaretta was awarded an MBE for services to Space Science and 2012 the Emmett Leahy Award.

 

Ross KingDr. Ross King, Project Coordinator for SCAPE,
Ross King received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. He is a Senior Scientist and Thematic Coordinator for Next Generation Content Management Systems at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. Dr. King is Chairman of the Board of the Open Planets Foundation and the Coordinator of the FP7 digital preservation project SCAPE.

 

EdFayEd Fay, Director of Open Planets Foundation (OPF),
Ed Fay is the Executive Director of the Open Planets Foundation. He has worked in digital cultural heritage for a decade developing approaches to digitisation, digital preservation, and online user experience. Prior to joining the Open Planets Foundation he led the introduction of a user-centred approach to digital library services at the London School of Economics and previously worked on several digitisation projects under JISC programmes in the UK. He holds an MA in Philosophy and an MSc in Information Science.

Moderator:

HildeliesBalkHildelies Balk, Head of the section European Projects for Research and Development, National Library of the Netherlands, and involved in both APARSEN and SCAPE
Dr. Hildelies Balk – Pennington de Jongh MPM is Head of Research at the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). With her team she is responsible for Research and Development in digitisation, digital preservation and digital humanities. She was Coordinator and Scientific Director of the FP7 IMPACT project for innovative tools in OCR and language technology, and has been responsible for many other European and international projects over the years (PLANETS, KEEP, SCAPE, APARSEN, SUCCEED, e-MOP). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Planets Foundation and Chair of the Executive board of the IMPACT Centre of Competence in digitisation (http://www.digitisation.eu/). Hildelies is an experienced leader of workshops on strategy development, business modelling and digital library topics. She holds a PhD in the History of Art and a MSc in Public Management with a special interest in open innovation.

 

 

Projects in the Clinic

APARSEN logoAPARSEN - Alliance Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe Network -  is a Network of Excellence that brings together an extremely diverse set of practitioner organisations and researchers in order to bring coherence, cohesion and continuity to research into barriers to the long-term accessibility and usability of digital information and data, exploiting our diversity by building a long-lived Virtual Centre of Digital Preservation Excellence. The objective of this project may be simply stated, namely to look across the excellent work in digital preservation which is carried out in Europe and to try to bring it together under a common vision.

SCAPESCAPE - Scalable Preservation Environments – develops scalable services for planning and execution of institutional preservation strategies on an open source platform that orchestrates semi-automated workflows for large-scale, heterogeneous collections of complex digital objects. SCAPE enhances the state of the art of digital preservation in three ways: by developing infrastructure and tools for scalable preservation actions; by providing a framework for automated, quality-assured preservation workflows, and by integrating these components with a policy-based preservation planning and watch system. These concrete project results are being validated within three large-scale Testbeds from diverse application areas.

DPC dpc logo- Digital Preservation Coalition – is an advocate and catalyst for digital preservation, with a vision of making our digital memory accessible tomorrow. Our target audience is varied: people who want to learn more about digital preservation; those already involved in digital preservation; and members of organisations which may be interested in discovering more about our research and advocacy. We can provide introductory information to participants, and advise on many issues relating to digital preservation.

The EU co-funded TIMBUS project  TIMBUS TIMBUS Logo  _Processes and Services- Timeless Business – addresses the challenge of digital preservation of business processes and services to ensure their long-term continued access. While the project focuses on industrial institutions, our services will feed back to the processes in memory institutions. Our target audience for this workshop is people with a particular interest in exploring the benefits of process preservation for their business. We can introduce them to the TIMBUS approach to process preservation and give advice on where they can find more information about process preservation including planning, risk management and legal aspects.

forgetit_logoForgetIT – While preservation of digital content is now well established in memory institutions such as national libraries and archives, it is still in its infancy in most other organizations, and even more so for personal content. ForgetIT combines three new concepts to ease the adoption of preservation in the personal and organizational context.

DURAARK_logoDURAARK -Durable Architectural Knowledge – is developing methods and tools for the Long-Term Preservation (LTP) of architectural knowledge, including approaches to enrich Building Information Models with “as built” information from scans, semantically enrich building models with additional data sets and preserve 3D models for future reuse.

OpenPlanetsFoundationOPF - Open Planets Foundation – addresses core digital preservation challenges by engaging with its members and the community to develop practical and sustainable tools and services to ensure long-term access to digital content.

SCIDIP-ES new logoSCIDIP-ES – Science Data Infrastructure for Preservation – Earth Science – The aim of the initiative is to deliver generic infrastructure services for science data preservation and to build on the experience of the ESA Earth Observation Long Term Data Preservation (LTDP) programme to favour the set-up of a European Framework for the long term preservation of Earth Science (ES) data through the definition of common preservation policies, the harmonization of metadata and semantics and the deployment of the generic infrastructure services in ES domain.

acromem-logoThe ARCOMEM -project is about memory institutions like archives, museums and libraries in the age of the Social Web. Social media are becoming more and more pervasive in all areas of life. ARCOMEM’s aim is to help to transform archives into collective memories that are more tightly integrated with their community of users and to exploit Web 2.0 and the wisdom of crowds to make Web archiving a more selective and meaning-based process.

DCHRP-logoDCH-RP - Digital Cultural Heritage Roadmap for Preservation – is a Coordination Action supported by the European Commission under the FP7 e-Infrastructure Capacities Programme, to design a Roadmap for the implementation of a federated e-Infrastructure for the long-term preservation of DCH content. The Roadmap will be supplemented by practical tools for decision makers and validated through a range of proofs of concept, where cultural institutions and e-Infrastructure providers work together on concrete experiments.

EUDAT-logo2011EUDAT - European Data Infrastructure -is laying the foundations for a European Collaborative Data Infrastructure. EUDAT takes a service-oriented approach to federating existing European research data repositories, paving the way for common approaches to data sharing, data archiving, data finding and data re-use for European research.

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Getting ready for the Centre of Excellence

27 April 2014 - 11:40am

It is a critical time in the process of setting up the APA Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation, the culmination of more than 5 years’ work, and so it seems the right time to write a post about it.

The APA’s strategic plan laid out a roadmap for its expansion. This was to be achieved largely through EU projects. Preliminary work was done through CASPAR, PARSE.Insight and ODE. Their results (their deliverables are on the APA site) are being carried forward in the two projects I would focus on here.

The first of these projects is APARSEN, a network of excellence with more than 30 partners; its aim is to integrate the various, often inconsistent, strands of research in digital preservation, and to help create the Centre of Excellence. It’s website is part of the APA’s site. The second, complementary, project is SCIDIP-ES. This is creating a set of services which can supplement the digital preservation capabilities of existing repositories, bringing them nearer to the level required for a successful ISO16363 audit. The SCIDIP-ES website is separate from the APA’s at the moment but the software is being handed over to the APA right now.

At the time the strategic plan was drawn up one of the aims was to move beyond digital preservation research into industrial strength digital preservation and even beyond that. By this I mean that the value of our digital capital was of course recognised already but the demand for increasing value was also growing. If, following OAIS, digital preservation is defined as maintaining the understandability and usability of digital objects by a specified community, then there is a natural extension towards enabling the digital object to be used by a broader community i.e. to be more usable by more people, thereby becoming more valuable.

What was not really anticipated was that EU funding for “blue-sky” digital preservation research would essentially come to an end. On the other hand since more than 100M Euros has been invested by the EU in digital preservation research it might have been expected that payback would be expected.

The question “who pays for digital preservation and why?” was increasingly heard, and there were insufficient answers. Studies such as that of the Blue Ribbon Task Force suggested ways to look at the issue. The Riding the Wave report , to which I contributed, recognised the issue but did not address it.

This has encouraged APARSEN to produce an integrated view of digital preservation within a business process.  A key aspect of this is provided by SCIDIP-ES because that project has created tools and services which add to value through increased usability.

It has taken several years to put all these pieces in place. APARSEN has investigated many of the silos of digital preservation research, collecting, evaluating and integrating the many isolated pieces of research – research which used different terminology, concepts and approaches. SCIDIP-ES has created a solid collection of customisable software tools and services. In additional the ISO16363 has been created, by myself and the PTAB team, and may provide the basis for a real market for digital preservation.

Over the next several months the things which the Centre of Excellence will offer will be put in place including training, software services, tools and consultancy. These will be provided from the outcomes of the projects as well as by APA members.

It is certainly going to be an interesting time.

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Getting ready for the Centre of Excellence

27 April 2014 - 11:40am

It is a critical time in the process of setting up the APA Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation, the culmination of more than 5 years’ work, and so it seems the right time to write a post about it.

The APA’s strategic plan laid out a roadmap for its expansion. This was to be achieved largely through EU projects. Preliminary work was done through CASPAR, PARSE.Insight and ODE. Their results (their deliverables are on the APA site) are being carried forward in the two projects I would focus on here.

The first of these projects is APARSEN, a network of excellence with more than 30 partners; its aim is to integrate the various, often inconsistent, strands of research in digital preservation, and to help create the Centre of Excellence. It’s website is part of the APA’s site. The second, complementary, project is SCIDIP-ES. This is creating a set of services which can supplement the digital preservation capabilities of existing repositories, bringing them nearer to the level required for a successful ISO16363 audit. The SCIDIP-ES website is separate from the APA’s at the moment but the software is being handed over to the APA right now.

At the time the strategic plan was drawn up one of the aims was to move beyond digital preservation research into industrial strength digital preservation and even beyond that. By this I mean that the value of our digital capital was of course recognised already but the demand for increasing value was also growing. If, following OAIS, digital preservation is defined as maintaining the understandability and usability of digital objects by a specified community, then there is a natural extension towards enabling the digital object to be used by a broader community i.e. to be more usable by more people, thereby becoming more valuable.

What was not really anticipated was that EU funding for “blue-sky” digital preservation research would essentially come to an end. On the other hand since more than 100M Euros has been invested by the EU in digital preservation research it might have been expected that payback would be expected.

The question “who pays for digital preservation and why?” was increasingly heard, and there were insufficient answers. Studies such as that of the Blue Ribbon Task Force suggested ways to look at the issue. The Riding the Wave report , to which I contributed, recognised the issue but did not address it.

This has encouraged APARSEN to produce an integrated view of digital preservation within a business process.  A key aspect of this is provided by SCIDIP-ES because that project has created tools and services which add to value through increased usability.

It has taken several years to put all these pieces in place. APARSEN has investigated many of the silos of digital preservation research, collecting, evaluating and integrating the many isolated pieces of research – research which used different terminology, concepts and approaches. SCIDIP-ES has created a solid collection of customisable software tools and services. In additional the ISO16363 has been created, by myself and the PTAB team, and may provide the basis for a real market for digital preservation.

Over the next several months the things which the Centre of Excellence will offer will be put in place including training, software services, tools and consultancy. These will be provided from the outcomes of the projects as well as by APA members.

It is certainly going to be an interesting time.

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Workshop: Usability and Accessibility and aspects of digital preservation

22 April 2014 - 3:56pm
Liber 43 Annual conference, Riga, Latvia, 2-5 July 2014

The workshop consists of a number of outcomes of the APARSEN project. APARSEN is a European project that runs until the end of this year, aimed at the establishment of a Virtual Centre of Excellence on digital preservation. The project partners gathered expertise on a wide range of digital preservation issues clustered in four topics: (1) Trust, (2) Sustainability, (3) Accessibility, and (4) Usability. The workshop is focused on the last two topics covered in the APARSEN project. The most important outcomes of the work done in the project are presented and discussed in the workshop.

The usability aspect of digital preservation is covered by a presentation on interoperability and intelligibility. The focus in this presentation will be on solutions for semantic interoperability in order to keep data understandable and processable in the long run.

The accessibility aspect of digital preservation is covered by three presentations. The first contribution concerns the importance of persistent identifiers to provide durable access to digital objects. More specifically in this presentation attention is paid to an interoperability framework that enables seamless access to digital objects that have two or more persistent identifiers. Two other contributions in the access topic concern an analysis of digital rights and access management of digital objects and a presentation on policy issues relevant for digital preservation. Both presentations pay attention to the outcomes of a survey carried out in the framework done in the APARSEN project.

Duration: 09:00 – 12:30

Workshop program:
Each presentation takes 40 minutes and includes at least 15 minutes for discussion.

09:00-09:10 Introduction on the workshop. Background on the APARSEN project and context of the topics covered in the workshop
09:10-09:50 Interoperability and Intelligibility (Yannis Kargakis, Forth, Greece)
09:50-10:30 Persistent identifiers (Maurizio Lunghi, FRD, Italy)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:40 Digital rights and access management (Stefan Hein, DNB, Germany)
11:40-12:20 Data policies and governance (Juha Lehtonen, CSC, Finland)
12:20-12:30 Wrap-up and conclusions

 
Yannis Kargakis, Forth, Greece

Yannis Kargakis is currently a Research & Development Engineer in Information Systems Lab at FORTH-ICS (Greece). He conducted his undergraduate and graduate studies (MSc) in the Computer Science Department at University of Crete. His research interests fall in the following areas: Information Systems, Digital Preservation, Semantic Web, and Dependency Management Reasoning. He has participated in the research projects: APARSEN NoE and SCIDIP-ES.

 

Maurizio Lunghi, FRD, Italy

Maurizio Lunghi, FRDMaurizio Lunghi has a degree in Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications and Telematics – Internet technology and networking. He has experience of working with international projects funded by the European Commission where he has worked for 3 years as project officer in the DG INFSO in Luxembourg. Organization of events and coordination of expert groups are very common in his experience. He has participated in research projects on networking and ICT, high resolution imaging, telemedicine applications, on digital libraries and digital preservation related issues. From 2010 he is involved in the APARSERN project. His interest and activity lie in the area of persistent identifiers systems, trusted digital repositories criteria, audit and certification.

 

Stefan Hein, DNB, Germany

Stefan Hein, DNBStefan Hein is a Software Developer in the context of processing digital objects and their Digital Preservation at the DNB since 2010. He graduated with a Diploma in Computer Science at the Humboldt University at Berlin. The current main focus of his work is the further development of the ingest workflow for example with capabilities for validating and identifying digital objects and their long term preservation.

 

Juha Lehtonen, CSC, Finland

Juha Lehtonen, CSCDr. Juha Lehtonen works as an Applications Architect in CSC – IT Center for Science, Finland. He joined CSC in 2012 to create digital preservation solutions for cultural heritage of Finland, and he is also involved in APARSEN. In 2009-2012 he was founding a digitization center for natural history collections of Finland, where he was planning and implementing the technical side of the digitization processes. In 2005-2009 he worked as a researcher in the University of Joensuu until he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science.

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Long term accessibility of digital resources in theory and practice

20 March 2014 - 3:25pm

The APARSEN project is organising a Satellite Event on “Long Term Accessibility of Digital Resources in Theory and Practice” on 21st May 2014 in Vienna, Austria.

It takes place in the context of the 3rd LIBER Workshop on Digital Curation “Keeping data: The process of data curation” (19-20 May 2014)

The programme is organised by the APARSEN project together with the SCAPE Project.

09:00 – 10:30 Sabine Schrimpf
(German National Library) Digital Rights Management in the context of long-term preservation Ross King
(Austrian Institute of Technology) Thes SCAPE project and Scalable Quality Control David Wang
(SBA Research) Understanding the Costs of Digital Curation
11:00 – 12:30
Sven Schlarb
(Austrian National Library) Application scenarios of the SCAPE project at the Austrian National Library Krešimir Đuretec
(Vienna University of Technology) The SCAPE Planning and Watch Suite David Giaretta
(Alliance for Permanent Access) Digital Preservation: How APARSEN can help answer the key question “Who pays and Why?”
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APA/CDAC conference – papers, presentations and videos available

19 February 2014 - 10:52am

If you were not able to make it to the conference in New Delhi you can still it all!

The videos, presentations, discussions and papers are all available here

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Statement by G8 ministers on international issues that require global cooperation

14 June 2013 - 9:54am

From Juan Bicarregui (STFC):

The link below leads to this week’s statement by G8 ministers on “international issues that require global cooperation”.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/g8-science-ministers-meet-in-london

The four topics discussed were:

  • global challenges
  • global research infrastructure
  • open scientific research data
  • increasing access to the peer-reviewed, published results of scientific research

The third and fourth topics will be of particular interest to APA and APARSEN members.

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APARSEN @ iPRES 2013

11 June 2013 - 11:28am

Interoperability of Persistent Identifiers Systems – services across PI domains
Date: Thursday, 5th September 2013, afternoon
Location: IST – Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal

Programme Committee:
Maurizio Lunghi e Emanuele Bellini (Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale/APARSEN), Renè Van Horik (DANS), Barbara Bazzanella e Paolo Bouquet (UNITN), Bas Cordewener (Knowledge Exchange), Anila Angjeli (ISNI), Giovanni Bergamin (Central National Library in Florence), Norman Pasquin (LCC and DOI foundation), John Kunze (California Digital Library), Tobias Weigel (RDA), Antoine Isaac (Europeana), (NN, EUDAT)

Workshop Goal:
The central goal of this second edition of the workshop on Interoperability of  Persistent Identifier Systems (www.rinascimento-digitale.it/workshopPI2012) is to bring together representatives from different PI communities to discuss potential benefits for final users as well as challenges requirements and technologies to implement an effective interoperability solution for different PI systems and related services. Supporters of this workshop proposal and the experts in the programme committee represents large and significant PI user communities, other experts are
pending.
A first section is devoted to users and to potential services and benefits for final users that could be built on such an interoperability framework. Participants are involved in the description of future user scenarios and potential applications of the PI systems, making evident user benefits and requirements.
A second section is focused on technical aspects regarding the implementation of an interoperability solution and related services. As a starting point for the technical discussion, the new Interoperability Framework (IF) for PI systems, proposed by the APARSEN project and refined by a large group of independent experts is described and a demonstrator is presented. The IF model is suitable to all the different user requirements and is adoptable by all PI user communities.
Participants are invited to compare their requirements with the IF features and assumptions confronting on various aspects of the model, potential benefits and concrete terms for a common roadmap for the implementation of the framework in order to create consensus on to develop joint cross-domain applications.
Representatives of the most relevant PI initiatives and different PI user communities are invited to report on current activities and vision, but also on possible approaches to define interoperability solutions and services and expose their position towards needs and opportunities of moving toward the implementation of a comprehensive interoperability technological solution for PI systems.

Joint APARSEN/4C workshop:
What does it cost? – EU Activities to Assess the Cost of Digital Curation

Date: Thursday, 5th September 2013, afternoon
Location: IST – Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal

Subject of the Workshop:
Digital preservation and curation activities tend to be costly and complex and require a long term commitment. Without reliable cost information and accurate cost models, it is hard to plan and calculate such activities seriously.
A number of digital curation cost models have been developed in the last years, and initiatives like Knowledge Exchange, the Digital Curation Centre, and the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Economically Sustainable Digital Curation have, among others, looked at cost and benefits of keeping digital data available for the long term. Most recently, the APARSEN project has provided a high level analysis of published cost models, it has reviewed cost parameters in relation to the trusted digital repositories standard, ISO 16363, and it has investigated the level of preparedness of research libraries to ensure economically-sustainable digital preservation.
The new EU project 4C – ‘the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation’ – draws all of these initiatives and their results together. It networks existing projects and initiatives and will ensure that where existing work is relevant, stakeholders realize it and understand how to employ it. A key aim for this workshop is to build bridges between ongoing costs-related initiatives to enable 4C to identify areas where good progress has been made and also to understand how current cost models might be augmented to improve ease of use and increase uptake. Ultimately, 4C will help organizations to approach their investment in data curation and preservation with greater certainty and with greater clarity about what they will get back in return. The project partners will use the workshop as an opportunity to set the scene for their topic, present their approach (“assess, enhance, engage”) and invite feedback of workshop participants.

A key point for the open discussion session will be to identify difficulties that ongoing costs-related initiatives have had in collecting cost information and encouraging use of their models. During the session we will invite input from these initiatives into how 4C might help to overcome these difficulties to realise increased uptake of the models and ultimately an improved understanding of curation costs.

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APARSEN @ Metaday #59 Vienna

10 June 2013 - 1:38pm

Veronika Prändl-Zika, Austrian National Library, presented the APARSEN project in the course of the Metaday #59 at the Metalab in Vienna on June 7, 2013. For more details: https://metalab.at/wiki/Metaday_59

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The 2013 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences – deadline Oct 10 2013

19 April 2013 - 2:14pm

Organised by IEDA and Elsevier Research Data Services, the International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences is created to improve preservation and access of research data, particularly of dark data, and share the varied ways that these data are being processed, stored, and used. For more information see http://researchdata.elsevier.com/datachallenge
The organisers are interested in receiving submissions from groups who have developed and completed projects that have digitized previously unavailable content or that have facilitated and improved the ingestion of research data. The final submission deadline is October 10, 2013.

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APARSEN Survey: What is the state of digital preservation in your organisation?

18 September 2012 - 3:38pm

APARSEN (Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe Network), a project being undertaken for the APARSEN Project that runs under the ICT directorate of the EUROPEAN COMMISSION. We aim to produce a study which evaluates digital preservation in terms of importance, value, benefits, currents activities, costs and future involvement among European libraries, archives and research organizations.

This survey is aimed at individuals who are either actively engaged in digital preservation or can comment on the state of the digital preservation activity (or lack of)  within their organisation from a strategic perspective.

The results of the survey should allow us to build a picture of the state of digital preservation and related challenges in libraries and archives across Europe. This picture will help to create a roadmap to inform future actions to ensure that our organisations can position themselves to address the challenges of digital preservation into the future.

This is a user-friendly survey which you should be able to complete within 20 minutes.

To begin, please click the survey URL below:

https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/APARSEN_SURVEY

We would like to inform you that the survey results will not reflect any particular company perspective as gathered results will be treated in an anonymous way in compliance with the Data Protection Act.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact:

Xenia Beltran, xenia.beltran@grupoinmark.com

Panos Georgiou,  panos@lis.upatras.gr

Thank you for your participation.

Kind regards,

..David

 

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Ten years on from the Budapest Open Access Initiative – new guidelines published

12 September 2012 - 4:37pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2012

CONTACT: Andrea Higginbotham, SPARC, andrea@arl.org; 202-296-2296 <tel:202-296-2296>
Amy Weil, Open Society Foundations, aweil@sorosny.org; 212-548-0381 <tel:212-548-0381>

Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online

WASHINGTON – In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, a diverse coalition today issued new guidelines (http://www.soros.org/openaccess/boai-10-recommendations) that could usher in huge advances in the sciences, medicine, and health.

The recommendations were developed by leaders of the Open Access movement (http://www.soros.org/openaccess/participants), which has worked for the past decade to provide the public with unrestricted, free access to scholarly research—much of which is publicly funded. Making the research publicly available to everyone—free of charge and without most copyright and licensing restrictions—will accelerate scientific research efforts and allow authors to reach a larger number of readers.

“The reasons to remove restrictions as far as possible are to share knowledge and accelerate research. Knowledge has always been a public good in a theoretical sense. Open Access makes it a public good in practice,” said professor Peter Suber, director of the Open Access Project at Harvard University and a senior researcher at SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

The Open Access recommendations include the development of Open Access policies in institutions of higher education and in funding agencies, the open licensing of scholarly works, the development of infrastructure such as Open Access repositories and creating standards of professional conduct for Open Access publishing. The recommendations also establish a new goal of achieving Open Access as the default method for distributing new peer-reviewed research in every field and in every country within ten years’ time.

“Science and scholarship are activities funded from the public purse because society believes they will lead to a better future in terms of our health, environment, and culture,” said Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC. “Anything that maximises the efficacy and efficiency of research benefits every one of us. Open Access is a major tool in that quest. These new recommendations will underpin future developments in communicating the results of research over the next decade.”

Today, Open Access is increasingly recognized as a right rather than an abstract ideal. The case for rapid implementation of Open Access continues to grow. Open Access benefits research and researchers; increases the return to taxpayers on their investment in research; and amplifies the social value of research, funding agencies, and research institutions.

The Open Access recommendations are the result of a meeting hosted earlier this year by the Open Society Foundations, on the tenth anniversary of the landmark Budapest Open Access Initiative (http://www.soros.org/openaccess/read), which first defined Open Access.

“Foundations rarely have the good fortune to be actively present at the birth of a world-wide movement that fundamentally changes the rules of the game and provides immediate benefit to the world,” said István Rév, director of the Open Society Archives and a member of the Open Society Foundations Global Board. “This is what happened when the Open Society Foundations initiated a meeting at the end of 2001 that gave birth to the Open Access movement.”

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SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational, and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Working with local communities in more than 100 countries, the Open Society Foundations support justice and human rights, freedom of expression, and access to public health and education. The Open Society Foundations is on the Web at http://www.soros.org <http://www.soros.org/> .

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CrossRef Joins STM-DataCite Statement

13 August 2012 - 7:16pm

In June 2012, DataCite and the International Association of STM Publishers (STM) issued a joint statement on the Linkability and Citability of Research Data (http://www.stm-assoc.org/2012_06_14_STM_DataCite_Joint_Statement.pdf). CrossRef is pleased to join and support this statement and the best practices for data it recommends.

CrossRef, a not-for-profit association of representing 4,000 scholarly publisher with 55 million content items (journal and conference proceeding articles and books and book chapters), is committed to the interoperability of CrossRef and DataCite’s services which are based on the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) System, recently approved as an ISO Standard (ISO 26324:2012, Information and documentation — Digital object identifier system).
Specifically, CrossRef encourages publishers to use DataCite DOIs to link to data sets referenced in the published literature, and encourages authors of research papers to use CrossRef DOIs to link from data deposited in DataCite repositories to the published articles that draw on that data. CrossRef and DataCite are also collaborating on joint services, such as DOI Content Negotiation (http://crosscite.org/cn/), to enable publishers and data repositories to automatically interlink their content.

About CrossRef CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org) is a not-for-profit membership association of scholarly publishers. Since its founding in 2000, CrossRef has provided reference linking services for over 55 million content items, including journal articles, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, reference entries, technical reports, standards, and data sets. CrossRef also provides additional services designed to improve trust in the scholarly communications process.

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New site for geospatial data preservation

26 July 2012 - 7:02am

See http://geopreservation.org/

Geospatial data, including satellite images, digital maps, and other kinds of geospatial information in digital form represent our scientific, scholarly, and cultural heritage. Geospatial data and information often represent aspects of the physical environment and events that have been captured at a particulur moment and therefore, cannot be reproduced. In addition to their use in research, education, and decision-making, geospatial data are used in various professions to represent characteristics of our world. Preserving geospatial data and information resources will help to ensure that they can continue to be used in the future.

This Resource Center is being developed to offer capabilities for finding freely available web-based resources about the preservation of geospatial information. A variety of selected resources are being added, including reports, presentations, standards, and information about tools for preparing geospatial assets for long-term access and use. The resources are indexed to enable searching of titles and are categorized to facilitate discovery by choosing among topics, resource types, or both. Topics on the stewardship and management of geospatial data include appraisal and selection, citation, content standards, describing and preparing, depositing and documenting, digitized maps, Geographic Information Systems or GIS, preservation formats, satellite imagery, software dependencies, virtual environments, and many others.

The Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center is a project of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), which is working with a national network of partners on a strategy for preserving digital information for use in the future.

Information about the NDIIPP, its partners, projects, and events can be found on the NDIIPP web site, which is accessible at http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/

Email sent by Angie, Maps-L Moderator

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A lot of big data today is biased and missing context

25 July 2012 - 6:39pm
Half of technology leaders are bullish on big data

About half of technology experts think the gathering and analysis of troves of big data will produce a “huge positive” for society, while about 40 percent think it will produce a “big negative,” a study released Friday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found.

See http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2012/07/half-technology-leaders-are-bullish-big-data/56903/?oref=ng-channelriver

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OAIS v2 released

16 June 2012 - 11:11pm

The revised OAIS has been released by CCSDS. This issue includes: clarifications to many concepts, in particular Authenticity with the concept of Transformational Information Property introduced; corrections and improvements in diagrams; addition of Access Rights Information to PDI. Annex A from the previous issue, describing existing archives, has been removed. A security annex has been added as required by CCSDS.

The document is available from http://public.ccsds.org/publications/archive/650x0m2.pdf

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Launch of the Digital Preservation Awards 2012

13 June 2012 - 3:04pm

From William Kilbride:

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to announce the launch of the Digital Preservation Awards 2012.

‘Threats to the digital estate are distinctive and new so the tools and processes necessary to ensure long term access – and impact – are also new’, explained William Kilbride of the DPC. ‘The DPC was established in 2002 to help agencies meet this new and growing challenge, and in 2004 we sponsored a small prize to mark outstanding contributions to the field. It was so popular that we’ve offered the prize every other year since, and each time the quality and number of nominations has grown.

‘This year, the award takes a new form. In the past a single award was offered as one of the Conservation Awards. But because 2012 is the tenth anniversary of the founding of the DPC, we’re offering 4 separate prizes, including a special ‘DPC Decennial Prize’ for the most outstanding contribution to digital preservation in the last decade. There are also prizes for ‘Teaching and Communication’ and for ‘Research and Development’ as well as an innovative Digital Preservation Challenge being offered via the Open Planets Foundation.’

‘We’re calling on all our friends and colleagues – the whole digital preservation community – to help us get the best possible set of applications.’

‘The criteria are defined broadly, encompassing any initiative that has helped ensure ‘our digital memory is available tomorrow’, and although the DPC’s membership is in the UK and Ireland, this is an international competition. We encourage all manner of proposals – projects, services, ideas, books, methodologies, standards, working groups and campaigns: all are welcome.’

The application pack is available online at: http://www.dpconline.org/advocacy/awards

The current holders are Los Alamos National Laboratory and Old Dominion University, who won the prize in 2010 for the Memento Project. Other previous winners include the UK National Archives and the PREMIS Working Group.

Applications are due by the 17th August at which point they will be scrutinised by a judging panel drawn from the DPC membership. A shortlist will be announced in October and DPC members will be invited to vote for their favourite proposals. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony in London on 3rd December.

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C-DAC joins APA

13 April 2012 - 10:56pm

We are delighted to announce that C-DAC (Pune, India) has joined APA. C-DAC hosts the Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation which is the flagship project under the National Digital Preservation Programme of Department of Information Technology, Government of India.

See http://www.alliancepermanentaccess.org/index.php/membership/ourmembers/c-dac/ for more details.

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Your information needed for the SCIDIP-ES e-infrastructure design

21 February 2012 - 1:00pm

The SCIDIP-ES project is conducting an on-line user consultation (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/57YTKQL) to understand the current architectures, technologies and approaches used by data repositories and users, with an initial focus on the Earth Science community, for the purposes of data preservation, access and management.

The SCIDIP-ES team, and the APA, would like to invite you to participate in this on-line survey and contribute to the definition of the tools and services being developed by the project. As part of the survey you will also be given the opportunity to join the SCIDIP-ES contact list and become a member of the wider long-term data preservation user community. This will allow you to be informed on projects achievements and to exploit the relevant results.

The survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/57YTKQL) will remain open until 29 February 2012.

We look forward to receiving your submission.

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