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Exercise associated with a lecture on digital preservation given at the University of the West of England (UWE) as part of the MSc in Library and Library Management, University of the West of England, …

Exercise associated with a lecture on digital preservation given at the University of the West of England (UWE) as part of the MSc in Library and Library Management, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, March 10, 2010

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  • 1. UKOLN is supported by: Digital preservation (exercise) Michael Day Research and Development Team Leader UKOLN, University of Bath MSc Lecture, UWE, Bristol, 10 March 2010
  • 2. 1. Pick a resource type:
    • For example:
      • Institutional Web site
      • Blog
      • Digital photographs
      • PDF report
      • Medical images (e.g. X-rays, CT scans)
      • Audio files (e.g. MP3 files)
      • Multimedia-based artwork
      • Presentation slides (e.g. MS PPT)
      • Email
      • Research datasets
      • Facebook page
  • 3. 2. Explore information needs
    • Information needs in fifty years time:
      • Files have been found on a neglected server; need to work out whether they are worth preserving and what migration path/s to follow
      • Ask what information users in 2060 will need in order to use, understand and interpret the resource correctly?
    • Use the categories:
      • Content
      • Context
      • Appearance (e.g., colour, layout)
      • Structure (e.g., pagination, sections)
      • Behaviour (e.g., interactivity, functionality)
      • Technical characteristics (e.g., software dependencies)
  • 4. 3. Ranking and summing-up
    • Ranking:
      • Attempt to rank the importance of the characteristics identified
      • For example, for a Blog, the content in the form of dated postings may be more important than its appearance within Wordpress or Blogger
    • Short summary:
      • Top three characteristics of the chosen resource type
    • Discussion
  • 5. Any Final Questions?
  • 6. Thank You!