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GT10: Preservation - Integration, Infrastructure, Workflows, and an Agenda
Wednesday, 06/Jun/2018:
9:00am - 10:30am

Session Chair: Leila Belle Sterman, Montana State University
Location: Room 233

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9:00am - 9:30am

Medusa – Service-Oriented Repository architecture at the University of Illinois Library

Seth Robbins

University of Illinois, United States of America

This presentation provides an overview of Medusa, an integrated digital library infrastructure for ingest, preservation, and access at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. It details the deployment of Medusa as a centralized digital preservation repository, and the establishment of associated services for efficiently taking custody of new digital library collections and publishing them to the web for patron access. Services built on or alongside Medusa include a discovery and access system for digitized archival holdings, a research data repository, and an institutional repository. By making a set of common core components and features available to multiple applications, Medusa’s suite of services are lightweight and easy to maintain. Applications built on Medusa have access to a common storage pool, so data can be shared, reused, centrally managed and preserved. Medusa distinguishes itself from many other institutions by intentionally placing a digital preservation service at the heart of its digital library infrastructure, an approach which benefits workflow efficiency and the scalability of digital library services. By building Medusa as infrastructure for preservation and access, rather than a siloed application for a single purpose, Illinois has opened the door to swiftly and effectively deploying a variety of digital library services.

9:30am - 10:00am

OSSArcFlow: Researching Archival Workflows for Born-Digital Content

Sam Meister, Jessica Meyerson

Educopia Institute, United States of America

Libraries and archives tend to adopt and integrate separate systems for different functions, with each system using distinct tools and generating its own forms of metadata. OSSArcFlow: Researching Archival Workflows for Born-Digital Content project is a two-year effort funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and now underway to investigate, model, and test workflows that combine multiple open source software systems for born-digital content curation in libraries and archives. Specifically, the OSSArcFlow project aims to 1) inform our understanding of the socio-technical factors that shape digital curation workflows, 2) promote the benefits of a modular approach to digital curation and to 3) support the continued health of the open source software communities that build collection management, digital curation, and repository tools. Project outputs include detailed documentation of partner institutions’ workflows, scripts to streamline the transfer of metadata from one system to another, and generalizable guidance documentation to help institutions of many types as they select and implement digital curation and preservation tools and workflows in their own environments.

10:00am - 10:30am

The Software Preservation Network: Community Adaptation and an Emerging Action Agenda

Robert {Chip} German1, Aliza Leventhal2, Jessica Meyerson3

1Academic Preservation Trust, University of Virginia Library, United States of America; 2Sasaki Associates; 3Educopia Institute

According to Susan Leigh Star (1999), “People commonly envision infrastructure as a system of substrates...It is by definition invisible, part of the background for other kinds of work.” By this definition, software is infrastructure. Within the context of open repositories, our collections, research and scholarship are increasingly software-dependent. However, as a community, we do not have standards or “good practice” in place for the lawful preservation, sharing and reuse of software. The Software Preservation Network (SPN) exists to broaden participation in software preservation and create a space for projects, programs, organizations and individuals involved in software preservation activities to be aware of and amplify one another’s work. SPN is a community focused on understanding and responding to the major challenges associated with software preservation. As a network of volunteers, SPN has reached a critical junction in its development as a community - as it grows SPN has to formalize procedures, active participants need stronger mandates from membership to make decisions and there is a growing awareness of the invisible costs associated with sustaining an environment in which communities form and evolve. Join us to explore these issues.

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