Tutorial: Digital Preservation Lifecycle: from challenges to solutions


Andreas Rauber, Associate Professor, Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology

Kresimir Duretec, PhD student and research assistant, Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology

This tutorial will consist of two parts, providing first an introduction to digital preservation, followed by an in-depth discussion of the preservation life cycle and tool support to manage it.

We will start with an introduction to the 3 leayers of preservation challenges, and discuss potential preservation actions at each of the levels, their advantages amd disadvantages. We will also take a brief look at the OAIS functional model as a reference framework for Digital preservation activities. We will then look at one of the first steps of a digital preservation life cycle, namely understanding the type of content at hand. This will include using tools such as FITS and C3PO to create a collection profile and analyzinits characteristics.

Participants will be guided through the process of characterizing the certain amount of their content with the FITS tool. Afterwards they will load extracted characterization data into C3PO. This will allow them to get a detailed overview of their collection. Furthermore, the dynamic web interface will allow them to explore certain parts of their collection in more details. After conducting this exercise the attendees will have a deeper understanding of the collection profiling its goals and main challenges.   

In the second part we will go into more detail, walking step by staep through the digital preservation lifecycle. Intertwining presentations and demonstrations, we will discuss the principles and see how it is enabled by integrating several key tools, starting from C3PO (collection profiling tool), via Scout (preservation monitoring system) and Plato (preservation planning tool) to how these can be integrated with a digital repository. The attendees will get an in-depth overview of each tool and the processeses it supports. The focus will be on the preservation planning and the planning workflow which is provided by the Plato tool. Preservation policies as glue between different components will be explained. The attendees will get an understanding how their high level organizational policies could drive all the operations in their repository.

There is registration fee (40 Euros) for this workshop.

The tutorial will be offered as a full day event.


logosmall Elpub 2014 - June 19-20, 2014 - Thessaloniki, Greece

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