Platter Colin Rosenthal


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Platter Colin Rosenthal

  1. 1. Planning a Trusted Digital Repository with PLATTER Colin Rosenthal Jan Hutař Asger Blekinge-Rasmussen Planning For Trust
  2. 2. What is a Repository? A Repository is an organisation responsible for conserving digital material. – “Conservation” implies a timescale beyond the limits of current technology – A repository is not a piece of technology – ... but it is defined by the challenge of technological change Planning For Trust
  3. 3. What is Trust? Trust is demonstrated organisational fitness for purpose. – Established as part of relationship between repository and stakeholders (funding agency, depositors, users, parent institution etc.)‫‏‬ – A two-stage process: achieving fitness and demonstrating it – PLATTER handles the first of these (and DRAMBORA is concerned with the second)‫‏‬ Planning For Trust
  4. 4. The Road To Trust There are no widely-accepted standards for trust! What exists are – Checklist-based standards (such as nestor and TRAC)‫‏‬ – Flexible toolkits (i.e. DRAMBORA)‫‏‬ – Promising standardisation initiatives (e.g. The Birds of a Feather Group)‫‏‬ So for any repository, Goal 0 is – In consultation with stakeholders, establish criteria for trust PLATTER is a tool to steer a path towards satisfying those criteria. How do we make a planning tool when we don't what we're planning for? Planning For Trust
  5. 5. Scylla and Charybdis Over-generality Over-specificity – General-purpose – Inflexible organisational – Unrealistic planning tools expectations – Only useful with – Failure to balance prior knowledge of costs/benefits repositories – Lacking concrete advice Planning For Trust
  6. 6. Finding The Middle Way The PLATTER approach: – Define general guiding principles (for all repositories)‫‏‬ – Use these as a basis for repository to set its own goals – Provide many examples for repositories to use, modify, or reject according to their specific mandate – Use the CRL/DCC/DPE/nestor Ten Core Principles as a starting point Planning For Trust
  7. 7. The Ten Core Principles Commitment Integrity Fitness Metadata Rights Dissemination Policies Preservation Acquisition Infrastructure Planning For Trust
  8. 8. Reposit ory Ten Core Principles Charact erisat ion Business St affing Disast er Plan Plan .......................... Plan Reposit ory Profile Business St affing Disast er Goals Goals Goals Realisat ion Reform ulat ion Rev iew Planning For Trust
  9. 9. Repository Characterisation Four orthogonal axes: Function Ope ra tion Sca le Imple me nta tion Planning For Trust
  10. 10. Repository Characterisation Example Q1.2 Commercial Status The functioning of a repository is strongly constrained by its business status, and specifically whether it is has a responsibility to further the financial aims of itself or its parent body . Is the Repository for profit or non-profit? Planning For Trust
  11. 11. Strategic Objective Plans – Acquisition Plan Generic Goal: • Goal 2.1 Acquire – Staffing Plan relevant material – Access Plan Specific Examples: – Technical Plan • Archive 90% of national internet – Data Plan • Archive 75% of all – Succession Plan articles published in- – Disaster Plan house • Ingest at least 1000 – Preservation Plan new images per year Planning For Trust
  12. 12. PLATTER Planning Cycle Based around SMART objectives – Specific – Measurable – Assignable – Realistic – Time-Related Planning For Trust
  13. 13. Try PLATTER Today? – DPE Publications – Reports – D3.2 Repository Planning Checklist and Guidance Planning For Trust