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Challenges for Web Resource Preservation, Marieke Guy, UKOLN

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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 …

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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  • 1. UKOLN is supported by: What are the Barriers to Web Resource Preservation? Marieke Guy, UKOLN JISC-PoWR Workshop 27 th June 2008
  • 2. 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…
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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?
  • 8. 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?
  • 9. 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?
  • 10. 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!
  • 11. 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
  • 12. Any Questions?

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