Dr. Henry Gladney just mailed this 
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. 
><>Preserving Digital 
>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. 
> Lippincott, 
> <>Institutional 
> Repository Deployment in the United States as 
> of Early 2005, D-Lib Magazine 11(9), September 2005.
>        Westrienen, Gerard van, and Clifford A. 
> Lynch, 
> <>Academic 
> 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, 
> <>StoneD: 
> A Bridge between Greenstone and DSpace, D-Lib Magazine 11(9), September 2005.
>Best wishes, Henry
>H.M. Gladney, 
>HMG Consulting

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