Check out the final project report from the JISC KeepIt Project titled, “Setting Institutional Repositories on The Path to Digital Preservation.” The KeepIt project investigated how effectively institutions could support the goals of a general repository: trustworthy storage and preservation. This final report from the project reveals the results, outcomes and implications of the work.
As stated in the report, “the JISC Committee for the Support of Research commissioned this study to establish the current provision and future requirements for curation of primary research data generated within e-Science in the UK.”
As stated on their website, “The Carolina Digital Repository (CDR) is a repository for material in electronic formats produced by members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill community. Its chief purpose is to provide for the long-term preservation of such materials. By preservation we mean the ability to ingest the material, index and search it, replicate it, and keep it safe from alteration.”
The conference focused on the development, management, and application of digital repositories. View conference slides, posts, tweets, and photos from the conference.
As stated on their website, the CDRS empowers Columbia University’s research community with the online tools and services necessary to make the most of scholarly communication, collaboration, data-sharing, and preservation. Their resources focus on digital commons, digital repositories, and academic commons. Check out their blog announcing their new projects and publications.
Dspace is making progress towards their release of Dspace 2.0. You can check out there proposed RoadMap to 2.0 for further details.
The AIMS (An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship) project is a two-year project focusing on creating an inter-institutional framework for stewarding born-digital content. The milestones for 2011 are to ingest born digital materials into a Fedora Commons repository, be able to search the repository, edit metadata, and may include a prototype user interface for arrangement (creating series and subseries). To do this, the Hypatia application is being created to support the acessioning, arrangement/description, delivery and long term preservation of born digital archival collections. The Rubymatica tool, which is being created to have a Submission Information Package (SIP) creation tool written in Ruby and ready to be integrated with a suite of web applications, continues to be refined, with a beta version available for testing by interested parties. Check out the AIMS blog for further details:
NARA released a Discussion Guide for Establishing Trustworthy Digital Repositories Based on the ISO Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Standard Reference Model. While it focuses on federal records, it can provide guidance to all of us looking at digital repositories as tools that can help manage e-records.
ISO is developing standards for use in certifying trustworthy digital repositories. Check out the NARA blog post about their progress: