Challenges & opportunities in the preservation of (digital) information: the case of European research libraries

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A presentation given by Susan Reilly of LIBER, at the Museo de las Ciencias Teatro de UNIVERSUM November 6th- 8th, 2013.

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  • 1.Challenges & opportunities in the preservation of (digital) information: the case of European research libraries Museo de las Ciencias Teatro de UNIVERSUM November 6th- 8th, 2013 Susan Reilly Projects Manager LIBER: Ligue des Bibliothques Europennes de @skreilly

2. Contents About LIBER Drivers for (digital) preservation in research libraries Challenges & opportunities 3. LIBER: reinventing the library of the future Largest network of European reseach libraries: 450 in over 40 countriesMission: To provide an information infrastructure to enable research in LIBER institutions to be world class 4. LIBER ProjectsReshaping The research libraryAdvocacyScholarly Communication & Research Infrastructure 5. Activities impacting preservation in research libraries We know that 1. Libraries are engaging in mass digitisation projects 2. Deposit of born digital content being legislated for 3. Some are collecting born digital (Websites, e-journal etc) anyway 4. Responsible for institutional repositories 5. Developing role in research data management 6. Driver 1: scholarship is changing Collaborative Interdisciplinary Change in information seeking behaviour (Google Generation) Culture of openness 7. but preservation is still essential one thing about scholarship will never change: scholars will demand access to information resources to examine what others have discovered and thought; to use and reuse evidence and scientific conclusions; and to publish results of their own research based on these resources. That is why their sources must be authentic, reliable, easy to find and retrieve, and easy to use and reuse Paul N. Courant (2008) No brief candle, 8. No. 1 benefit of digital preservation to organisations*Increased use of content as a result of better findability and availability*From APARSEN WP36 survey of libraries (Sep212) 9. No. 2 benefit to organisationsEnsure the integrity of research results 10. Driver 2: ensure our investment All European cultural heritage available online by 2025 (Neelie Kroes) All public domain masterpieces available in Europeana(Digital Agenda) Cost= 10 billion per year over the next 10 years (Collections Trust) 11. Challenge 1= types of information Scholarly discourse Digital cultural heritage Research data Dynamic Web content 12. The Data Publication Pyramid (2) Further data explanations in any kind of supplementary files to articles(4) Data publications, describing available datasetsHow do we preserve this?(1) Data contained and explained within the article(3) Data referenced from the article and held in data centers and repositories(5) Data in drawers and on disks at the institute 13. Newspapers Complex format Large files Richness of metadata 14. Challenge 2= sustainability Recognition of the benefits of digital preservation by key decision-makers Incentives for the decision-makers to act in the public interest A process for selecting digital materials for long-term preservation Mechanisms to secure an on-going, efficient allocation of resources (e.g. skills) to digital preservation activities Appropriate governance of digital preservation activities 15. SelectionSeems to indicate there is no selection process/set of critieria 16. Resource allocation Open to new revenue streams and shared services Lack of human resources/skillsIncomplete cost models Business models may not meet short term needs 17. Governance 57% of organisations have incorporated DP in strategy 49% in mission and vision?But 89% rate DP as important?! 18. Opportunity 1= collaboration Common Vision Shared Infrastructure Shared Services Business Cases 19. Shared Infrastructure: Europeana Cloud Common storage infrastructure for metadata and content Increase accessibility of content Develop common standards Facilitate the development of tools 20. Gracias Any questions? Find out more at