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Presentation given at JISC-PoWR workshop 1 (Preservation of Web Resources: Making a Start), Dr Seng Tee Lee Room at Senate House Library, University of London:

Presentation given at JISC-PoWR workshop 1 (Preservation of Web Resources: Making a Start), Dr Seng Tee Lee Room at Senate House Library, University of London:
http://jiscpowr.jiscinvolve.org/workshops/workshop-1/

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    Challenges for Web Resource Preservation, Marieke Guy, UKOLN Challenges for Web Resource Preservation, Marieke Guy, UKOLN Presentation Transcript

    • UKOLN is supported by: What are the Barriers to Web Resource Preservation? Marieke Guy, UKOLN JISC-PoWR Workshop 27 th June 2008
    • The Preservation Challenge
      • Accessibility and authenticity
      • Preservation has never been easy
      • People tend to live in the now
      • Web resources present additional challenges
      • So lets look at the excuses…
    • It’s not a problem…
      • Digital resources do degrade
        • Operating systems are upgraded and existing applications cease to work
        • Resources may be dependent on or hosted by external resources which may disappear
        • Projects end
        • Links get broken
      • Loss of evidence of institutional activity which is nor recorded elsewhere
      • Danger of not doing anything
    • It’s not a priority….
      • We are all suffering from lack of time, expertise and money
      • Web services tend to focus on immediate business requirements such as informational requirements, support for staff and e-learning applications
      • Institutions often wait for others to take the lead
      • Web services are often not interested in preservation while Records Managers are concentrating on other digital resources
    • It’s not my responsibility…
      • Individual Approach
        • The author of the resource
      • Institutional Approach
        • The publisher of the resource
        • The institution, the institution’s Library
      • National Approach
        • The Academic Community, Archives, Museums, the Government
        • Consortiums e.g. UKWAC
      • International Approach
        • International Organisations e.g Internet Archive
        • Commercial companies
    • It’s complicated…
      • The Web is transient and dynamic
      • Web resource’s lifespan is short
      • Web publishing is a very easy process
      • Metadata is very much an afterthought.
      • There is a need to preserve objects, relationships and behaviour
      • There is a gap of understanding between Records Managers and Web services people
      • It’s difficult to know how to get started or what to do
      • Preservation requires a certain skill set
    • It’s technically complicated…
      • The Web is dependant on technology
      • Cardinality – One or many?
      • Web resources are usually held on just one server, so are at greater risk of removal
      • Areas of the Web are held in problematical CMS or behind authentication systems
      • Robots.txt file
      • Have standards or proprietary formats been used?
      • Has the technical architecture of the Web site been documented?
      • What about Software emulation?
    • It’s a difficult choice…
      • Selection can be difficult
      • What does a Web site entail?
        • Public vs private site
        • Instantiation/snapshot
        • Code, content or graphical look and feel of site
        • Full functionality
        • Preserving the the bits or the essence?
      • Is it worth preserving anyway?
    • It’s a legal minefield…
      • Many IPR issues: Copyright, database right, defamation, privacy, FOI
      • What about accessibility?
      • Is my Web site legal today?
      • Will my Web site be legal tomorrow, if new legislation is enacted?
      • Who owns the pages?
      • What about pages we don’t own?
    • And what about Web 2.0?
      • Use of 3 rd party services
      • Emphasis on collaboration and communication, rather than access to resources
      • More resources created by individuals
      • More complex IPR issues
      • Richer diversity of services: RSS, syndicated content
      • These are issues for another day!
    • And the quick answer is…
      • Need to encourage ownership and institutional responsibility
      • Change in culture
      • Making excuses won’t help
      • We are here to help!
      • More answers in Preservation of Web Resources Part II
    • Any Questions?