Common Testing Environments

APARSEN will collect together a set of environments to test the efficacy of tools and techniques for digital preservation, against changes in hardware, software, environment and knowledgebase of the Designated Communities, and design new ones if necessary.

Besides preservation efficacy one also needs to test against portability, interoperability, robustness and scalability. We need testbed techniques which can tell us whether a proposed preservation technique works, and the zone of effectiveness with respect to type of objects.

We will look across partners and beyond to identify candidate testing techniques. These will be classified and themselves tested against various types of data and scenarios; a number of open competitions will be organised to encourage a competitive spirit. Ultimately we aim to produce a collection of testbeds which will include testing procedures and test data, together with test software if appropriate, which can be used to provide a common measure for digital preservation techniques. We recognise of course that this collection of tests will not be perfect but we believe it will be possible to provide a benchmark.

-- KirnnKaur - 2012-04-10

Topic revision: r1 - 2012-04-10 - KirnnKaur
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