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Closing comments at #iPres 2014 conference


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Closing comments by Andrew Treloar at the iPres 2014 digital preservation conference

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Closing comments at #iPres 2014 conference

  1. 1. iPres 2014 One perspective on the conference Andrew Treloar, ANDS
  2. 2. First, my thanks • For the invitation to attend and provide this summary • And for the quality of the presentations/posters/talks
  3. 3. Next, some caveats…
  4. 4. PreservationPreservation eResearcheResearch LibrariesLibraries DataData © Leif Laaksonen, 2013
  5. 5. CC BY-NC-SA
  6. 6. Now, some observations…
  7. 7. A birds-eye view
  8. 8. On infrastructure • “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it” - Santayana • Too much wheel re-invention • Too much architecture before usecases • Too much technology push • But some encouraging signs of a desire to build on what is there and meet the needs of real users • And some interesting research ideas
  9. 9. On data • A number of talks about the importance of data to the scholarly record • And by implication/explication, the importance of preserving that data and the processes that produced it • Not the same as the existing born-digital challenge – see Van de Sompel and Treloar (2014) for why! • New frontier for preservation community
  10. 10. On practice • Good selection of talks (particularly in the short papers section) • Useful reflections on what worked and what didn’t • Value of iPres for formal and informal exchange of stories and experiences – c.f. Orr JE (1996) Talking About Machines: An Ethnography of a Modern Job. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.
  11. 11. On theory • Number of papers focussed on theory/modelling • These seemed a bit sterile and divorced from practice (to me, at least) • Reminiscent of Enterprise Architectures • NOTE: But hard to anticipate which theoretical work will turn into productive practice
  12. 12. On pragmatics • “le mieux est l'ennemi du bien” - Voltaire • Number of speakers arguing for solutions that don’t try to be perfect • And a recognition (in the data domain at least) that doing it perfectly (or even well?) is impossible • Herbert’s idea of starting with a seed, rather than a collection
  13. 13. On sustainability
  14. 14. To conclude • Digital preservation is too important not to care about – AT example • Much of the work being reported at this conference will play a vital role in the solutions that need to be developed • Thank you for your commitment and energy – please don’t lose it! •