Wednesday, 17 June 2009

My Faves for Tuesday, June 16, 2009

MIXED is a project of DANS, Data Archiving and Networked Services. MIXED is to contribute to digital preservation, by dealing with the problem of file formats. Over time, file formats become obsolete. When that happens, the information in such file types is no longer accessible. MIXED follows the strategy of converting files to XML as soon as possible, preferably when data is ingested into the archive. MIXED also converts these XML files to formats of choice by the archive user.

[tags: Data Curation, Data Preservation]

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Tuesday, 9 June 2009

DataShare final deliverables

The official project period has ended, though follow-up activity continues. It may be worth noting some recent deliverables:

May, 2009: DISC-UK members along with Ann Green (Yale) and Gail Steinhart (Cornell) gave a half-day training workshop - Data Requirements and Digital Repositories - to twenty-one data professionals at the IASSIST/IFDO 2009 conference in Tampere, Finland, based on the recently published Guide (see below).

May, 2009: Policy-making for Research Data in Repositories: A Guide is available for download (Adobe PDF). The guide is intended to be used as a decision-making and planning tool for institutions with digital repositories in existence or in development that are considering adding research data to their digital collections.

May, 2009: DataShare Final Report now available in JISC Repository. Executive Summary also available separately [PDF].

May, 2009: Two papers were contributed to the most recent edition of IASSIST Quarterly: the project manager summarised the work of the DataShare Project; Luis Martinez-Uribe reported on the requirements gathering exercise on researchers' needs at Oxford.

April, 2009: The project manager gave an invited paper - Lessons Learned from the DISC-UK DataShare and Data Audit Framework Implementation Projects at the Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects (DIGCCUR) conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1-3 April.

Many thanks to everyone who got in touch with us during the project. It's been real!