Conference Agenda

General track 16: Status of digital preservation
Thursday, 29/Jun/2017:
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Session Chair: Gail McMillan, Virginia Tech
Location: Ballroom A
Hilton Brisbane

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Outside The Box: Building a Digital Curation Ecosystem for Preservation and Access

Andrew Weidner, Sean Watkins, Bethany Scott, Drew Krewer, Anne Washington, Matt Richardson

University of Houston Libraries, United States of America

The University of Houston (UH) Libraries made an institutional commitment in late 2015 to migrate the data for its digitized cultural heritage collections to open source systems for preservation and access: Hydra-in-a-Box, Archivematica, and ArchivesSpace. This presentation describes the work that the UH Libraries implementation team has completed to date, including open source tools for minting and resolving ARK identifiers, managing SKOS vocabularies, and streamlining digital curation workflows. These systems, workflows, and tools, collectively known as the Bayou City Digital Asset Management System, represent a novel effort to solve common issues in the digital curation lifecycle and may serve as a model for other institutions seeking to implement flexible and comprehensive systems for digital preservation and access.

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Clearing the Log Jam

Debra Hanken Kurtz1, Mary Molinaro2, Sibyl Schaefer3

1DuraSpace, United States of America; 2Digital Preservation Network; 3University of California San Diego

The expressed and actual need for a national digital preservation solution for academic and cultural heritage content has not been met with anywhere near equal effort by these same institutions to preserve their assets and/or participate in long-term preservation initiatives such as the Digital Preservation Network (DPN). Even those institutions that are engaged express uncertainty about what and how to archive these assets. They are unsure where to start and cite lack of training and gaps in technical ability as barriers to getting started.

DPN and the organizations that make up the network (Chronopolis, DuraSpace, Academic Preservation Trust, Stanford Digital Repository, HathiTrust, and the Texas Digital Library) have developed robust solutions to preserve digital content but the deposits being made have come slowly over the first year. Many in the community express confusion about differences in each organization’s offerings and when to use these different services. This presentation will describe broadly the work of these organizations in preservation and specifically how each works together as a network. It will detail the collection strengths of each node and how DuraSpace works with two nodes to provide ingestion services. Finally, the presenters will suggest how to select a service and get started.

4:30pm - 5:00pm

An Uncomfortable Truth: Digital Preservation and Repositories

Tom Cramer

Stanford University, United States of America

That digital repositories support digital preservation is a comfortable but vague truism in our field. But how well does is stack up against reality? This session will take a critical look at how well current repository technologies and approaches are addressing the classic notions of digital preservation—and by corollary, how important and relevant some of these classic notions are when considered from a contemporary perspective. An emerging pattern is for “everyday” repositories to offer day-to-day management and access to content, with archival copies being deposited in remote (often third party) services that provide replication, fixity and some form of succession. Inspired by and drawing heavily on the most recent PASIG and Digital Preservation Conferences, as well as the experiences of the Fedora project, which in late 2016 completed a detailed review of how Fedora’s new capabilities and architectures do (and don’t) support traditional notions of digital preservation, this session will offer an opinionated and point-by-point analysis of how well the repository community is doing against the commonly accepted on the crucial function of digital preservation—and where the digital preservationists might have it wrong.