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Diary of a Repository Preservation Project

How digital repositories can plan for the future - by four exemplars in science, arts, research and teaching

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KeepIt preservation exemplar repositories: the final countdown

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 00:27:41 +0000

Repositories Are Doin’ It For Themselves (with due deference to Annie Lennox) “Up to a point, Lord Copper” (with due deference to Evelyn Waugh) When faced with the challenge of doing digital preservation, what will institutional repository managers choose to do? The KeepIt project aimed to find out, and now we have some answers. Digital […]

Exemplar preservation repositories: comparison by format profile

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 23:06:18 +0000

How format profiles can reveal potentially characteristic fingerprints for emerging types of repository. Not all digital repositories are the same. Nor are all institutional repositories the same. In fact, the differences between the types of repositories emerging recently can be surprisingly large. In KeepIt we’ve been investigating how these differences might affect digital preservation practices. […]

EPrints preservation apps: from PRONOM-ROAR to Amazon and a Bazaar

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:53:02 +0000

your computation goes to where your data is, not the other way around. Alistair Croll, Big business for big data, O’Reilly radar, 21 September 2010 They’re now called apps, after a certain other initiative; they were called plugins. As the KeepIt project moves towards its close, this is the story of one of its products, the […]

Costs, formats and iPad apps: past-future preservation lessons for a science repository

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 22:47:50 +0000

As an institutionally-based digital repository, eCrystals is somewhat different – both as an exemplar in the KeepIt project and in the institutional repository landscape as a whole. It is operated by the National Crystallography Service (NCS), which is funded on a 5 year grant basis. This brings preservation implications and requirements that are rather different from […]

Preserving crystallographic data in a digital repository: a costs based analysis

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 15:50:48 +0000

eCrystals has been presented within KeepIt as an exemplar of a scientific data repository, but more particularly it exemplifies the ‘one man band’ scientific repository. No research scientist will take on the responsibility of setting up and administering a scientific data repository without an indication of the financial implications and savings involved. Until now these […]

Shaping the culture and practice of digital preservation

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 17:09:59 +0000

Saturday morning, and I picked up an unread copy of the week’s Guardian g2 section where I chanced on a piece by Mark Lawson about some lost British television drama from the 1950s and 1960s that had resurfaced in the USA at the Library of Congress (LoC). I quickly tweeted four extracts (, enough presumably […]

Final thoughts on digital preservation work undertaken at UAL

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:41:25 +0000

As part of our participation in the KeepIt project, the EPrints Formats/Risks plugin was installed on our newly-upgraded repository in order to allow us to identify format risks based on DROID (Digital Record Object Identification) [this blog post includes an explanation of how the DROID file format tool works]. We performed the identification task in late […]

Recognition for educational repositories

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 09:48:15 +0000

At the beginning of October 2010, a message was sent out across the usual mailing lists notifying the community that: “JISC infoNet have launched a learning and teaching upgrade to the Digital Repositories infoKit”. Lou McGill’s work has provided another useful and timely resource for the growing number of educational repositories, and for people interested […]

Repository file type analysis for educational repositories

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 09:25:45 +0000

One of the characteristics that we have recognised in working with educational repositories is the diversity of the file types content creators work with in their development of educational resources. “It would be unrealistic, even positively unhelpful for an educational repository to limit by file types the kind of resources they are prepared to accept.” […]

NECTAR and the Data Asset Framework – final thoughts

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:20:58 +0000

“Our DAF project has provided an evidence base for the development of a future research data policy and of services to support research data management.” Some months ago I blogged about our plans to undertake a DAF project at The University of Northampton. DAF is the Data Asset Framework, which enables universities to audit departmental […]