Showing posts from October, 2016

Filling the Digital Preservation Gap - final report available

Today we have published our third and final Filling the Digital Preservation Gap report. The report can be accessed from Figshare: This report details work the team at the Universities of York and Hull have been carrying out over the last six months (from March to September 2016) during phase 3 of the project. The first section of the report focuses on our implementation work. It describes how each institution has established a proof of concept implementation of Archivematica integrated with other systems used for research data management. As well as describing how these implementations work it also discusses future priorities and lessons learned. The second section of the report looks in more detail at the file format problem for research data. It discusses DROID profiling work that has been carried out over the course of the project (both for research data and other data types) and signature development to increase the number of researc

Some highlights from iPRES 2016

A lovely view of the mountains from Bern Last week I was at iPRES  2016 - the 13th International Conference on Digital Preservation and one of the highlights of the digital preservation year. This year the conference was held in the Swiss town of Bern. A great place to be based for the week  - fantastic public transport, some lovely little restaurants and cellar bars, miles of shopping arcades, bizarre statues and non-stop sunshine! There was so much content over the course of the 4 days that it is impossible to cover it all in one blog post. Instead I offer up a selection of highlights and takeaway thoughts. Jeremy York from the University of Michigan gave an excellent paper about ‘ The Stewardship Gap ’. An interesting project with the aim of understanding the gap between valuable digital data and long term curation.  Jeremy reported on the results of a series of interviews with researchers at his institution where they were asked about the value of the data they created and their pl