-- RobAllan - 08 Aug 2006

David Giaretta

Using unfamiliar data - the link between e-Research, Portals and Preservation


This talk will stress the dual benefits which can be obtained from "doing preservation right" in terms of ensuring data is useful for future generations as well for current users. The link proposed is that in both cases the user (human or system) has to deal with unfamiliar data. The scientific exploitation of such data should, as far as possible, be both convenient and verifiably correct. JISC funded development work in the Digital Curation Centre (http://dev.dcc.ac.uk), and work in the new EU funded CASPAR project (http://www.casparpreserves.eu) both rely heavily on the operational definition of preservation contained in the OAIS Reference Model, in terms of usability and understandability.

Requirements and a high level architecture will be described, based on the OAIS concepts, and their applicability to e-research and repository and portal design will be discussed.

Topic revision: r1 - 08 Aug 2006 - RobAllan
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