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GT19: Sense & Sustainability
Wednesday, 06/Jun/2018:
3:30pm - 5:30pm

Session Chair: Dermot Frost, Trinity College Dublin
Location: Ballroom D

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3:30pm - 4:00pm

Characterizing maturity in core archival functions that impact sustainability

Aaron Collie

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, United States of America

Digital preservation is vitally important and a core mission of digital archives, but it is just one of many functional areas that can impact a repository’s overall sustainability. Though there are many audit frameworks that exist to measure maturity in digital preservation (such as OAIS, TRAC/ISO 16363, DRAMBORA NESTOR, DSA) there are fewer that offer recommended and sustainable engagement in other functional areas. Oftentimes, this may be because these other functions are supported by other members of a host organization. However, as digital repositories grow more and more independent of host organizations, they oftentimes take on work from additional functional areas.

Appraisal, Acquisition, Accessioning, Arrangement, Security, Description, Access, Reference, Outreach, and Promotion (borrowing from Gregory Hunter’s “Cyclical Expression of the Archival Mission”) are just a few of the other functional areas in which an archive might be significantly engaged, and which may be critically important to a repository’s pathway to sustainability. This presentation will explore a more holistic model of sustainability by examining the coming of age story of a large-scale domain repository (FRASER -- the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research) through the lens of Gregory Hunter’s “Cyclical Expression of the Archival Mission.”

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Open Parks Network: A Cross-Governmental Approach to Open Access and Sustainability

Christopher Glen Vinson1, Rachel Wittmann1, Joshua Morgan1, Mary Troy2,3, Colleen Curry2,4

1Clemson University, United States of America; 2National Park Service; 3Southeast Regional Office; 4Yellowstone National Park

Clemson University and the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) have collaborated since 2010 to develop the Open Parks Network, an open repository of over 230,000 digital objects and metadata records chronicling the diverse cultural and natural history of our nation’s parks, historic sites, and other protected areas. Initially funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant that ended in 2014, this joint effort to deliver wider public access to the unique resources located in NPS libraries, museums, and archives across the U.S. and territories is an intriguing case study in the dynamics of a relationship between a public university and a federal agency. Both partners aim to achieve the common goal of growing and sustaining an open archive after the end of a grant award, but both also have their own organizational priorities, practices, and challenges to consider in their decision-making processes. This panel will explore the origins and evolution of the Open Parks Network, how it has managed to enjoy a period of success post-grant, the importance of building partnerships and developing trust between partners to achieve that success, and the hopes and concerns each partner holds for the program’s future growth and sustainability.

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Sustainability and arXiv’s Next Generation (arXiv-NG)

Erick Peirson, Martin Lessmeister, Sandy Payette

Cornell University Library, United States of America is the premier open access pre-print repository for the sciences and one of the earliest players in the open access movement in the sciences. From its origins, arXiv has always been an open access repository of scientific papers and it has always been a service that represents open principles such as open publishing, open standards, and open content. But arXiv has never been open source technology. A significant part of arXiv’s long-term sustainability plan is a new technical architecture for the Next Generation arXiv (“arXiv-NG”). The technology strategy involves modularizing and renewing the arXiv codebase in situ by abstracting, modularizing, and re-developing its core functionality. As new code is being developed in Python using the Flask microframework, the emergent arXiv-NG components are being made available with open source licenses wherever possible. They are leveraging cloud-based services and shims to “classic” core components during the transition; each classic component will be retired until arXiv-NG has completely emerged. In this sense, arXiv-NG is now, meaning that the next generation will gracefully unfold while ensuring a high quality of service of the production system and maintaining arXiv’s standard of high user satisfaction (i.e., as presented at OR17).

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