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ERCIM Digital Preservation Special Issue

Check it out online.

Or download the pdf. [15mb]

I especially like this cartoon:

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The PARSE.Insight project survey report published.

The PARSE.Insight project just published a fantastic report on the current state of affairs in the preservation of research data. Nearly 2,000 people responded from the research, publishing, and data management stakeholder groups.

There are a few statistics that are of particular interest to me:

• Researchers regard the lack of sustainable hardware, software or support of computer environment may make the information inaccessible as the most important threat to digital preservation. 80% believe this to be either important or very important.
• Data managers also regard the lack of sustainable hardware, software or support of computer environment may make the information inaccessible as the most important threat to digital preservation. 86% believe this to be either important or very important.
• 59% of the respondents to the data managers’ survey don’t think that the tools and infra-structure available to them will suffice for the digital preservation objectives they have to achieve.
• 71% of the respondents to the data managers’ survey believe that funding for preservation will be an issue now and in five years time.

What I am taking from this, and perhaps bending to my own purposes, is that there is a reported need for inexpensive tools which can ameliorate the problems associated with a perceived lack of hardware, software, and computer environment support.

Of course, there are a number of other very important discoveries reported here, but this is what is the most relevant to me. Good stuff!

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New issue of International Journal of Digital Curation

IJDC Vol 4, No 2 (2009)

Editorial by Chris Rusbridge, 8 research papers, and 6 general articles. The peer reviewed articles are from the 4th International Digital Curation Conference, held in December 2008.

To quote Rusbridge, “A varied and fascinating collection, indeed!”

By the way, the 5th IDCC is coming up! December 2-4 at the Millennium  Gloucester Hotel in Kensington, London.

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