Joint APARSEN / SCAPE Satellite Event: Long-term Accessibility of Digital Resources in Theory and Practice
Author: Manuela Holzmayer
Participants were invited to the baroque premises of Palais Mollard, part of the Austrian National Library, to listen to presentations given by partners from the three EU co-funded projects APARSEN, SCAPE and 4Cproject.
Welcoming words were spoken by Max Kaiser from the Austrian National Library, who pointed out the importance of digital long-term preservation at the library. He also drew attention to the work of digitisation done within the Austrian National Library, available for instance through ANNO (AustriaN Newspapers Online), a virtual collection of historical Austrian newspapers and magazines, and through the Bildarchiv Austria.
Sabine Schrimpf from the German National Library is involved in research activities in economic and legal areas of the APARSEN project. She gave a short introduction on APARSEN and presented work being done within the project on the topic of “Digital Rights Management in the context of long-term preservation”. Key challenges in dealing with digital rights and DRM were explained and recommendations were made.
The full APARSEN report can be found here.
Ross King (AIT) gave a short introduction to the SCAPE project and provided details about the application of SCAPE results regarding the problem of scalable quality control in digitisation workflows. Ross explained how the accuracy and reliability of image quality assurance components is assessed by means of annotated files.
David Wang from SBA research introduced the audience to the 4Cproject. He reported on an evaluation to assess current digital curation cost and benefit models and to identify the needs of the stakeholders, which was performed within the context of a coordination action by the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C). Gaps between the evaluated models were found and recommendations were presented on how to overcome them.
A list of List of the models evaluated can be found here.
Sven Schlarb (ONB) gave an overview of the different application scenarios at the Austrian National Library. Related to the Web Archiving area he presented digital object processing workflows to determine the characteristics of files stored as web archive container files. And related to the Austrian Books Online project he explained how different outcomes of the SCAPE project can be used to support quality assurance in the context of large digitisation projects.
Krešimir Đuretec (ifs) presented the Planning and Watch sub project of the SCAPE project. He covered tools for collection profiling, monitoring and planning and explained how these tools can be integrated with and organisation’s digital repositories to help with preservation policies.
Ruben Riestra from INMARK, an APARSEN partner, took the approach of “Answering Key Questions” in digital preservation, such as “Who should preserve?”, “What should be preserved?”, “When should preservation start?”, “How to preserve?”, “How much will it cost?” and “Who should pay?”. He pointed out that there is a market for digital preservation in terms of services. The APARSEN Virtual Centre of Excellence that is taking shape at the moment will stand between the supply and the demand sector of digital preservation.
Participants were additionally invited to visit the Globe Museum, which is part of the Austrian National Library and situated in Palais Mollard as well. It is the only one of its kind worldwide.
The presentation slides are available here.
APARSEN – Alliance Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe Network – is a Network of Excellence that brings together an extremely diverse set of practitioner organisations and researchers in order to bring coherence, cohesion and continuity to research into barriers to the long-term accessibility and usability of digital information and data, exploiting our diversity by building a long-lived Virtual Centre of Digital Preservation Excellence. The objective of this project may be simply stated, namely to look across the excellent work in digital preservation which is carried out in Europe and to try to bring it together under a common vision.
SCAPE – Scalable Preservation Environments – develops scalable services for planning and execution of institutional preservation strategies on an open source platform that orchestrates semi-automated workflows for large-scale, heterogeneous collections of complex digital objects. SCAPE enhances the state of the art of digital preservation in three ways: by developing infrastructure and tools for scalable preservation actions; by providing a framework for automated, quality-assured preservation workflows and by integrating these components with a policy-based preservation planning and watch system. These concrete project results are being validated within three large-scale Testbeds from diverse application areas.