Network of Excellence

Session 06
Title Network of Excellence
Date 11 November
Time 09:00 - 10:30
Chair ReneVanHorik

Description: In this session the Network of Excellence to be created by the Aparsen project is discussed. Issues to be discussed:

  • How can we create “virtual centres of excellence”?
  • What is the relation of Aparsen with E-infrastructures?
  • What is the relation of Aparsen with research on digital preservation
  • How to achieve the SMART objectives of Aparsen (see p12-13 Part B Aparsen project description)
    • (1) “Common vision / common terminology”
    • (2) “Services for preservation, access and re-use of data holdings
    • (3) “Embedding legal and economic issues in digital preservation”
    • (4) “A discipline of data curators”

Table below: p12-13 Part B Aparsen project description: The Objectives of the Project

Specific Measureable by Achievable Relevant Timely
The integration of the majority of the research activities in DP within a common vision and common terminology and evidence standard Annual updates of the report “D1101 Comparison of research programmes as a measure of integration”. There is clearly a risk that agreement cannot be reached however we believe that by testing ideas and using evidence based decisions we should be able to achieve agreement. This integration and defragmentation is one of the fundamental aims of the call to which this project responds. It is also fundamental to the creation, and more importantly the recognition of the Virtual Centre of Excellence. The measures will be available at each annual review and therefore able to be used as a regular check on progress.
a common agreement of the services needed for preservation, access and most importantly re-use of data holdings over the whole lifecycle Annual updates of the report “D1102 Report on a Common Vision of Digital Preservation”. Once again we believe that by testing ideas and using evidence based decisions we should be able to achieve agreement on the services which are needed. Such services, as a whole or in part, are needed by the consortium members or those they seek to serve and, as we have seen, considerable resources are devoted to production of such services. We aim to reach common agreement of what these services should be and thereby reduce duplication of research – although a variety of implementations, particularly commercial implementations may be produced, to be tested by the market. These tools and the services will be important eventual outcomes of the digital preservation research programmes. In particular agreement on services and interfaces will allow interoperability of separate implementations since it would not be practical to aim at requiring the use of s single implementation. Again the intermediate deliverables will allow fit into the review cycles.
Embedding of legal and economic issues, including costs, governance issues and digital rights in digital preservation. Demonstration that these issues are being taken into account in our various related data holders. We believe that costs and legal issues are coming into focus as illustrated by the PARSE.Insight survey and roadmap. Therefore we should be pushing at an open door. Our contribution will be to provide support for ways to do this. This is a relevant aim because it is clearly supported by the PARSE.Insight surveys in that these are issues which, beyond the technical ones, are of concern to stakeholders around the world and across disciplines. As digitally encoded information grows in volume and is shared across wider set of users we believe that these economic and legal issues will become more important.
A discipline of data curators with appropriate qualifications recognised across Europe, and well defined support services We will measure this by the number of training courses and formal qualifications on offer and the number of qualified individuals. While there is clearly a risk that that there will be inertia of academia against putting these formal qualifications in place, we believe that at the very least we will see the start of this. There have been increasing calls for what has been called variously data curators, data scientists or digital curators, most recently in the HLEG report.Therefore we believe that this aim is relevant. We believe that the timeliness of this aim is also linked to the forthcoming Audit and Certification of repositories. As formal qualification of archives becomes available so there will be a matching demand for qualified data curators.

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