Dr. Henry Gladney just mailed this out...you
might find some of the papers in this and previous issues of interest.
>See DDQ 4(3) at
>The CLIR/RLG Task Force that stimulated most
>subsequent digital preservation thinking
>completed and published its deliberations ten
>years ago.(†) It’s time to assess progress on
>each of its recommendations. This DDQ number
>identifies some progress made, but identifies
>critical recommendations for which there might
>have been activity without any significant
>progress. See the DDQ list of I/T terms that includes ‘churn’.
>For the eventual benefit of the Computer History
>Museum (CHM), I have been compiling an
>institutional repository requirements
>statement. This was partly stimulated by some
>members’ comments favoring eventual CHM adoption
>of DSpace as infrastructure for its planned
>cyber-museum—enthusiasm over the roughly 100
>other extant content management software
>offerings. Since I could identify little reason
>for such favoritism, I studied DSpace and
>Greenstone (the latter less deeply). What I
>learned is that the DSpace team is promoting its
>work more effectively than any other open source
>repository software team. However, I also
>learned that what it says about digital
>preservation support represents an intention
>more than a description of any implementation available for inspection.
> From considering this and other instutional
> repository work identified in recent reports
> (‡), I have the impression that much software
> development work featuring ‘digital
> preservation’ in its description is addressing
> primarily the same topics that we called
> ‘content management’ five years ago. This DDQ
> number suggests why it might be so.
> The DDQ 4(3) table of contents
> includes: The Meaning of ‘Digital Preservation’
> Digital Preservation in Institutional Repositories
> Requirements for an Institutional Repository
> Ten Years after the Seminal Report (†)
> Information Technology's Dirty Words
> Recommendations of 3 news reports, 5 books,
> and 3 web sites as worthwhile reading, and
> The usual section on practical aspects of personal computing.
>† Garrett, John. Waters, Donald. Andre,
>P.Q.C. Besser, H. Elkington, N. Gladney, H.M.
>Hedstrom, M. Hirtle, P.B. Hunter, K. Kelly, D.
>Kresh, Lesk, M. Levering, M.B. Lougee, W. Lynch,
>C. Mandel, C. Mooney, S.B. Okerson, A. Neal,
>J.G. Rosenblatt, S. Weibel, S.
>Information: Report of the Task Force on
>Archiving of Digital Information, commissioned
>by The Commission on Preservation and Access and
>The Research Libraries Group, May 1996. (The
>last task force meeting occurred in the autumn
>of 1995. Its report was published nine months later.)
>‡ Borghoff, U. M., Rödig, P., Scheffczyk, J.,
>& Schmitz, L. (2003). Langzeitarchivierung:
>Methoden zur Erhaltung digitaler Dokumente.
>Heidelberg: dpunkt.verlag. xv, 283 pp. ISBN
>3-89864-245-3. More details from dpunkt.verlag
>Web site, retrieved February 24, 2004, from:
> Lynch, Clifford A. and Joan K.
> Repository Deployment in the United States as
> of Early 2005, D-Lib Magazine 11(9), September 2005.
> Westrienen, Gerard van, and Clifford A.
> Institutional Repositories: Deployment Status
> in 13 Nations as of Mid 2005, D-Lib Magazine 11(9), September 2005.
> Witten, Ian H. David Bainbridge, Chi-Yu
> Huang and Katherine J. Don, and Robert Tansley,
> A Bridge between Greenstone and DSpace, D-Lib Magazine 11(9), September 2005.
>Best wishes, Henry
Richard L. Hess [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada http://www.richardhess.com/
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