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Preservation of Web Resources Part I, Kevin Ashley, ULCC


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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:

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Preservation of Web Resources Part I, Kevin Ashley, ULCC

  1. 1. Preservation of Web Resources Part I Kevin Ashley, ULCC
  2. 2. PoWR’s outputs <ul><li>A handbook </li></ul><ul><li>These workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Goals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping effective decision making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping you implement your decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Today – validating our thinking </li></ul>
  3. 3. Effective Decision Making <ul><li>Decisions that are consistent with policy and regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions that are made quickly and cheaply </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions that are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reusable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long-lived </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>implementable </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Elements of decisions <ul><li>What must/should be kept ? </li></ul><ul><li>What must/should not be kept ? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is it being kept ? </li></ul><ul><li>Who for ? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will do it ? </li></ul><ul><li>What needs to change to make it happen ? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the consequences of change ? </li></ul>
  5. 5. What might be kept ? <ul><li>Information content </li></ul><ul><li>Information appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Information behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Information relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Change history </li></ul><ul><li>Usage history </li></ul>
  6. 6. Governmental drivers <ul><li>Agency A provides guidance to public on web </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance regularly changes </li></ul><ul><li>CMS tells us when changes are made and by who </li></ul><ul><li>But not why, and not what went before </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion: keep content </li></ul>
  7. 9. Thanks to Martin Dodge’s cyber-geography pages
  8. 10. Implementing decisions <ul><li>Guidance on approaches to preservation (and destruction) </li></ul><ul><li>Merits of harvesting tools, capture tools, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation within CMS context </li></ul><ul><li>Getting other people to do it for you </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing when to do nothing </li></ul>
  9. 11. Outline handbook structure <ul><li>Locating content and responsibility for it </li></ul><ul><li>Locating existing policies and interpretation </li></ul><ul><li>Taking responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Scoping out preservation activity </li></ul><ul><li>Records management for web managers </li></ul><ul><li>Web management for records managers </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing institutional technical capacity </li></ul>
  10. 12. Outline handbook structure (2) <ul><li>Deciding who wants stuff and why </li></ul><ul><li>Tools to do the job </li></ul><ul><li>Managing preserved content (access etc) </li></ul><ul><li>How much and how often ? </li></ul><ul><li>Implications of change </li></ul>
  11. 13. What we want from you <ul><li>Are these your problems ? </li></ul><ul><li>Are these the answers you need ? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the handbook the appropriate mechanism ? </li></ul>