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New Roles for New Times: Digital Curation for Preservation

Description: The report looks at how libraries are developing new roles and services in the arena of digital curation for preservation. The authors consider a "promising set of new roles that libraries are currently carving out in the digital arena," describing emerging strategies for libraries and librarians and highlighting collaborative approaches through a series of case studies of key programs and projects. They also provide helpful definitions and offer recommendations for libraries considering how best to make or expand their investments in digital curation. Issues and developments within and across the sciences and humanities are considered.
Date: March 2011
Creator: Walters, Tyler & Skinner, Katherine
Partner: UNT Libraries

Comparative Analysis of Distributed Digital Preservation (DDP) Systems

Description: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-funded Chronicles in Preservation project (http://metaarchive.org/neh/) completed this Comparative Analysis of three Distributed Digital Preservation systems to analyze their underlying technologies and methodologies: -Chronopolis using iRODS (http://chronopolis.sdsc.edu/). -University of North Texas using Coda (http://www.library.unt.edu/). -MetaArchive Cooperative using LOCKSS (http://metaarchive.org/). This Comparative Analysis is not intended to designate any of the Distributed Digital Preservation (DDP) systems as superior or inferior to one another in any of the areas disclosed. On the contrary, digital preservation is often best served by maintaining a variety of solutions, and each of the three DDP systems have partnered actively with one another on several digital preservation initiatives and are learning constantly from one another’s approaches. The Chronicles in Preservation project, and more specifically, this Comparative Analysis, has been undertaken by these three systems in order to test, document, and refine their processes, not in isolation, but as a collaborative effort.
Date: April 2, 2014
Creator: Schultz, Matt & Skinner, Katherine
Partner: UNT Libraries

Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness

Description: The Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness address a specific set of preservation challenges faced by libraries, archives, historical societies, and other organizations that curate substantial collections of digital newspaper content. The Guidelines are intended to inform curators and collection managers at libraries, archives, historical societies, and other such memory organizations about various practical readiness activities that they can take. They provide links to technical resources that curators can either implement themselves or work with their technical staff to implement. The Guidelines (Version 1.0) only deal with digital newspapers at this point, not broadcast or other forms of digital news.
Date: March 4, 2014
Creator: Skinner, Katherine & Schultz, Matt
Partner: UNT Libraries

Preserving Our Collections, Preserving Our Missions

Description: This book chapter discusses digital collection preservation. The authors provide a philosophical base for cultural memory organizations' need to participate in distributed digital preservation solutions as community-owned and community-led initiatives. This chapter will be useful for all readers, particularly those with questions about the value of collaborative engagement in the digital arena for cultural memory organizations.
Date: 2010
Creator: Halbert, Martin & Skinner, Katherine
Partner: UNT Libraries

Cooperative Strategies for Distributed Digital Preservation: Toward a Reference Model for Distributed Digital Preservation

Description: Presented at the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI) 2010 Spring Forum. This presentation presents findings from collaborative preservation projects undertaken by the MetaArchive Cooperative and the University of North Texas.
Date: April 13, 2010
Creator: Skinner, Katherine & Halbert, Martin
Partner: UNT Libraries

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation

Description: The "Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation" (ANADP) conference was held at the National Library of Estonia, from May 23-25, 2011. More than 125 delegates from more than 20 countries were gathered in Tallinn, Estonia and explored how to create and sustain international collaborations to support the preservation of digital cultural memory. This publication contains a collection of peer-reviewed essays that were developed by conference panels and attendees in the months following ANADP.
Date: August 2012
Creator: Educopia Institute
Partner: UNT Libraries

Community-Driven Approaches to Digital Preservation

Description: This presentation discusses community-driven approaches to digital preservation. The authors state the importance of collaboration and who is collaborating and how. In addition, information on some core principles of collaborative preservation and what these look like in practice.
Date: August 12, 2011
Creator: Halbert, Martin & Skinner, Katherine
Partner: UNT Libraries

Providing the ETDs of Today for the Researchers of Tomorrow

Description: Presentation for the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) 2012 Fall Meeting. This presentation discusses the early findings from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded project hosted by the University of North Texas (UNT) that is researching and documenting a range of life cycle curation and preservation practices for Electronic Theses and Dissertations.
Date: December 11, 2012
Creator: Halbert, Martin; Skinner, Katherine & Schultz, Matt
Partner: UNT Libraries

Preservation of Newspapers: Preliminary Findings of the Chronicles in Preservation Project

Description: This presentation discusses the preliminary findings of the 'Chronicles in Preservation' project involving the preservation of newspapers. In this presentation, the authors describe the project background, the state of the field report, and the phase 1 findings and progress.
Date: October 4, 2012
Creator: Skinner, Katherine; Halbert, Martin & Schultz, Matt
Partner: UNT Libraries

Chronicles in Preservation: Curation Practices for Born-Digital and Digitized Newspaper Collections

Description: This presentation discusses the Chronicles in Preservation project. This project aims to study, document, and model the use of data preparation practices and distributed digital preservation frameworks to collaboratively preserve digitized and born-digital newspaper collections. This presentation gives the background of the Chronicles in Preservation project, the State of the Field report, and early findings.
Date: April 2012
Creator: Skinner, Katherine; Halbert, Martin & Walters, Tyler
Partner: UNT Libraries

A Publishing Analytics Data Alliance

Description: We invite publishers, libraries, research centers, societies, funders, aggregators, and other scholarly communication stakeholders to join Project Meerkat to develop guidelines and standards for digital scholarly monograph usage data and to construct a neutral organizational apparatus for the ongoing collection and aggregation of data about these scholarly publications.
Date: April 19, 2016
Creator: Hawkins, Kevin S.
Partner: UNT Libraries

News, new roles & preservation advocacy: Moving Libraries into action

Description: This paper discusses how much news is published online that is never published in print or on more permanent media. It delves into some of the reasons why this convent is not yet preserved, and examines the persistent challenges of digital preservation and of digital curation of this content type.
Date: June 7, 2016
Creator: Halbert, Martin; Skinner, Katherine; Wilson, Marc & Zarndt, Frederick
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Case for a Publishing Analytics Data Alliance

Description: Digital technology is making it possible for publishers and libraries to gather data on the dissemination and use of scholarly publications in unprecedented detail and on an unprecedented scale. While data arising from the digital distribution of content provides new opportunities for understanding the scholarly communication ecosystem, it also creates socio-technical challenges for understanding how scholarly content is shared and used across networked knowledge landscapes. Libraries and institutions will require the context that aggregate data can provide to effectively use the data they collect, but they will be unable to create this context alone. This risks leaving the collection of data in the hands of a small number of well-resourced organizations—likely commercial—that do not answer to the community. The proposed Publishing Analytics Data Alliance will serve as a cooperative in which representatives from all of the relevant academic publishing stakeholder groups (academic publishers, research libraries, research centers, and aggregators) collaborate to address the socio-technical challenges around publishing analytics: developing a data model, workflows, and prototype for aggregation and display of usage data relating to digital monographs, and creating an accompanying code of ethics and terms of use for data gathering, analysis, and dissemination by members.
Date: October 2015
Creator: Hawkins, Kevin S.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Digital Preservation of Newspapers: Findings of the Chronicles in Preservation Project

Description: In this paper, the authors describe research led by Educopia Institute regarding the preservation needs for digitized and born-digital newspapers. The 'Chronicles in Preservation' project, builds upon previous efforts (e.g. the U.S. National Digital Newspaper Program) to look more broadly at the needs of digital newspapers in all of their diverse and challenging forms. This paper conveys the findings of the first research phase, including substantive survey results regarding digital newspaper curation practices.
Date: October 2012
Creator: Skinner, Katherine; Schultz, Matt; Halbert, Martin & Phillips, Mark Edward
Partner: UNT Libraries

Library Publishing Directory 2014

Description: The first edition of the Library Publishing Directory provides a snapshot of the publishing activities of 115 academic and research libraries, including information about the number and types of publications they produce, the services they offer authors, how they are staffed and funded, and the future plans of institutions that are engaged in this emerging field. In documenting the breadth and depth of activities in this field, this resource aims to articulate the unique value of library publishing; establish it as a significant and growing community of practice; and to raise its visibility within a number of stakeholder communities, including administrators, funding agencies, other scholarly publishers, librarians, and content creators. Specifically it is hoped that this Directory will: • Introduce all readers to the emerging field of library publishing and help articulate its unique characteristics as a distinctive "publishing field." • Facilitate collaboration among library publishers and other publishing entities, especially the university presses and learned societies that share their values. • Alert authors of scholarly content to a range of potential publishing partners dedicated to supporting their experimentation with new forms of scholarly communication and open access business models. The Directory is also available Open Access in several electronic formats through www.librarypublishing.org.
Date: September 26, 2013
Creator: Lippincott, Sarah K.
Partner: UNT Libraries

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

Description: 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.
Date: June 11, 2009
Creator: Halbert, Martin; Skinner, Katherine & McMillan, Gail
Partner: UNT Libraries

News on the Margins: Surfacing Marginalized Voices in the News Collections of Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Description: This report documents the design, methods, results, and recommendations of News on the Margins, a Fall 2017 pilot project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and undertaken by the Educopia Institute in partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. The News on the Margins project takes as its primary concern the accessibility and survival of historically significant news records created by and for marginalized communities.
Date: 2018
Creator: Skinner, Katherine
Partner: UNT Libraries

MetaArchive: Final Report

Description: This report provides summary information about the goals, activities, and results of this project, focusing on January 2008-December 2011. Section One will provide a brief summary of the outcomes of the project work based on the authors' project's performance objectives. Section Two will offer a brief reiteration of the authors' project's original goals and ambitions and an in-depth discussion of the authors' findings and development activities. Section Three will describe plans for the program's continuation and its long-term impact. Section Four will provide a list of the staff who have worked on various aspects of this project during the project period.
Date: March 13, 2012
Creator: Halbert, Martin; Hartman, Cathy Nelson; Skinner, Katherine; Walters, Tyler & Schultz, Matt
Partner: UNT Libraries

Appendix F: MetaArchive Microservices

Description: This is an appendix to the MetaArchive Final Report. The purpose of this document is to explain the PREMIS Event microservice as prototyped for the MetaArchive Cooperative, primarily from a developer's standpoint. The document will attempt to explain the purpose of the microservice, the underlying principles on which it operates, and a practical example of its usage. The MetaArchive has installed all of the components needed to deploy this microservice and looks forward to opportunities to experiment with practical implementations in future development projects.
Date: March 9, 2012
Creator: Halbert, Martin; Hartman, Cathy Nelson; Skinner, Katherine; Walters, Tyler & Schultz, Matt
Partner: UNT Libraries

Appendix A: Preservation Business Model

Description: This is an appendix to the MetaArchive Final Report. This appendix includes the 2010-2013 Strategic Plan which highlights the Educopia institute's strengths and achievements to date and details the strategic planning process. Specifically this strategic plan declares Educopia institute's: Mission statement, Vision, Three Critical Challenges, and Six Programmatic Goals (with objectives and strategies).
Date: March 13, 2012
Creator: Halbert, Martin; Hartman, Cathy Nelson; Skinner, Katherine; Walters, Tyler & Schultz, Matt
Partner: UNT Libraries