Getting ETDs off the Calf-Path: Digital Preservation Readiness for Growing ETD Collections and Distributed Preservation Networks

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Paper contributed to the 2009 International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). This paper discusses digital preservation readiness for growing ETD collections and distributed preservation networks.

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Halbert, Martin; Skinner, Katherine & McMillan, Gail June 11, 2009.

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Paper contributed to the 2009 International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). This paper discusses digital preservation readiness for growing ETD collections and distributed preservation networks.

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Abstract: ETD repositories often start with very idiosyncratic and ad-hoc beginning data storage structures, driven by exigencies associated with creating an effective electronic workflow for accepting and securely storing digital copies of theses and dissertations as either a replacement or supplement to parallel workflows for print copies. ETD repositories also tend to grow in an effectively unbounded manner over time. These early idiosyncrasies and unbounded growth can subsequently cause enormous problems in systematic efforts to digitally preserve content of growing collections. The most effective preservation strategies incorporate pre-coordinated replication of content in distributed and secure locations; such replication strategies become increasingly difficult when the content is stored using irregular practices in directory structures, metadata, and file naming conventions. This paper will address "Calf-Path" problems by providing practical guidelines, suggestions, and recommendations for ETD repositories. These recommendations are informed by five years of experience in operating the MetaArchive Cooperative, a distributed digital preservation cooperative of cultural memory organizations which has grappled with standardizing transfer mechanisms and developed cost/effective strategies for distributed preservation of ETDs based on the LOCKSS open source software. In the course of the past six years the members of the MetaArchive Cooperative have identified a series of best practices for digital preservation readiness. These best practices can benefit start-up programs that have not yet established regular procedures and standards for directory structures, metadata, and file naming conventions. This paper will document relatively simple principles and guidelines for such programs that can greatly improve the subsequent likelihood of implementing successful distributed digital preservation programs.

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This presentation addresses "Calf-Path" problems for Electronic Theses and Dissertation (ETD) repositories, problems associated with the early ad hoc and idiosyncratic workflow patterns. This presentation also documents relatively simple principles and guidelines for such ETD programs that can greatly improve the subsequent likelihood of implementing successful distributed digital preservation programs.

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Halbert, Martin; Skinner, Katherine & McMillan, Gail. Getting ETDs off the Calf-Path: Digital Preservation Readiness for Growing ETD Collections and Distributed Preservation Networks, paper, June 11, 2009; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84374/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .