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Simon Tanner focuses on the institution question - the importance of collaboration and institutions to business models and sustainability that will underpin digital preservation activity.

Simon Tanner focuses on the institution question - the importance of collaboration and institutions to business models and sustainability that will underpin digital preservation activity.

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  • 1. Simon Tanner Director King’s Digital Consultancy Services Email: simon.tanner@kcl.ac.uk
  • 2. King’s College London: www.digitalconsultancy.net
  • 3. Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH) www.cch.kcl.ac.uk/research/projects/
  • 4. The role of public repositories: My View…
    • My view: A place where a community nourishes its memory and its imagination – where it connects with the past and invents its future.
    • Purpose: To educate, enlighten and entertain - to promote and disseminate and to preserve culture
      • This may be preserving the record of a way of life or the very roots of a culture, its language, literature, music and traditions
      • Nature, politics, and war have always been the mortal enemies of public repositories
  • 5. It is about time!
    • Digital Preservation
      • the time to take action is short
      • those actions are continuous over time
    • Strategic Time Problems:
      • Perpetuity is a very long time!
      • Time is the scarce resource in our information age
  • 6. Sustaining Long Term Access
    • Two key concepts to consider in sustaining long term access:
      • Sustainability
      • Digital Preservation
    • Sustainability: A product or process that can be maintained over a long period of time, especially after grant monies disappear, that is beneficial to stakeholders & the host institution. Question: what do we sustain?
    • Digital Preservation: The management, maintenance and provision of long –term access to digital content or resources.
  • 7. Planning for Digital Preservation: the issues
    • Digital preservation issues come up much faster than traditional preservation issues: there is no accidental preservation
    • Digital resources need on-going attention
    • Building a preservation strategy into your activity from the start is essential to success
    • The content of digital resources is only accessible with the aid of intermediary technologies
    • Digital resources are complex
    • Reliant upon a specific combination of formats, software and hardware to operate correctly
  • 8. Where will it hurt? 100 year archive requirements... Top Pain Points in Long-Term Digital Retention’ in Storage Networking Industry Association (2007) 100 Year Archive Requirements Survey: www.snia-dmf.org/100year/
  • 9.
    • Digital preservation is an Unfunded Mandate that has a big impact on creators and curators alike
  • 10. We have to build an ecology of collaboration
    • We can’t do it on our own – we need each other
    • An ecology of collaboration is the only way to sustain over very long periods of time
    • What would an ecology of collaboration look like:
      • We all contribute
      • We all take responsibility
      • We enable multiple viewpoints
      • We do not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good
  • 11. Collaboration: going there together
    • Collaboration is (checking my dictionary):
    • 1: to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor
    • 2 : to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy!
  • 12. Collaboration matters because
    • “ No man is an island, entire of itself” John Donne
      • or
    • “ some may lead, some may follow, but none of us can go it alone…” Hilary Clinton or
    • If you work collaboratively you can often obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources * . * Wagner, Caroline S. and Loet Leydesdorff (2008). Globalisation in the network of science in 2005: The diffusion of international collaboration and the formation of a core group http://users.fmg.uva.nl/lleydesdorff/cswagner07/index.htm
  • 13. Collaborative digital preservation activity
    • Establishing standards/Standards
      • OAIS Reference Model
      • Preservation metadata (PREMIS)
    • Developing technical and organisational infrastructures
      • LOCKSS and CLOCKSS
      • PRONOM/GDFR (registries)
      • JHOVE, DROID, New Zealand metadata extractor etc.
      • MetaArchive
      • FCLA DAITSS (Dark Archive in the Sunshine State)
      • etc.
  • 14. MetaArchive: www.metaarchive.org
    • Katherine Skinner and Martin Halbert, "The MetaArchive Cooperative: A Collaborative Approach to Distributed Digital Preservation" Library Trends, Volume 57, Number 3, Winter 2009 http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/library_trends/toc/lib.57.3.html
  • 15. Levers to support collaboration:
    • Benefits
      • Strategic fit/positioning
      • Access
      • Efficiency gains
      • Support for stakeholders
      • Support for staff
      • Opportunities for revenue
      • Support to other revenue activities
    • Levers
      • Legal accountability
      • Risk consequences
      • Ownership of problem
      • Accountability for legacy expenditure
      • Critical to institutional mission
    Slide developed by Maggie Jones (DPC) & Simon Tanner (KDCS)
  • 16. Is the value in the wine, the glass or the drinking?
  • 17. Simon Tanner Director King’s Digital Consultancy Services Email: simon.tanner@kcl.ac.uk