APARSEN is a Network of Excellence (NoE) that unifies 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 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. This will be done by identifying and bringing together the research potential already existing in Europe but also by identifying gaps in research to help formulating further research needs and programs. The project which runs until the end of 2014 will end with building up of an internationally recognised Virtual Centre of Excellence to assure that results from the project will be taken up and further developed. The project has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 – ICT-2009.4.1: Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation– under grant agreement No 269977

What does APARSEN do?

The main activities of APARSEN within the project concentrate on looking at existing research in this domain, identifying further needs of research and are divided into four streams: Trust, Sustainability, Usability and Access. We believe that all these streams with their technical, economic, legal and organizational implications need to be tackled and need to be part of the APARSEN common vision if we are to make real inroads into the challenges of digital preservation. The four streams in APARSEN are covering:
  • Trust: Authenticity and provenance, annotation, reputation & data quality, peer review/3rd party certification of repositories, common standards
  • Sustainability: Preservation services, storage, cost/benefit, business cases
  • Usability: Common test environments, interoperability and intelligibility
  • Access: Identifiers and citability, scalability, Data policies and governance, Digital Rights and Access Management

APARSEN’s objectives

The main objective of APARSEN is to provide an overview over the current state of research in the complex field of digital preservation, to identify further need of research but also of education in DP and to work on a common vision for digital preservation. Research in digital preservation is often done in silos – silos of either topic or project. Our approach is to identify research areas which can be integrated into broad topics. These broad topics are then merged successively into a common vision. A common vision will allow us to talk about, plan for and teach about, digital preservation in a consistent and coherent way. Everyone has a view and many of these views are different. In order to reach a common vision our strategy is to try as far as possible to reach evidence based conclusions. We further believe that since each of those views has some validity, yet none of them show the whole picture, one important task is to identify the limitations of our various approaches. In this way we can hope to build up a coherent picture – but with gaps. These gaps will show us where further research, education and organisation is needed.

Links with the Alliance for Permanent Access (APA)

APARSEN is a booster to plan and setup a sustainable business model and infrastructure for a Virtual Centre of Excellence, operated in long-term by APA. This is the reason why APA – a membership organisation of major European stakeholders in digital data and digital preservation – has some kind of exceptional position in this project as APA will be the body to continue activities started in APARSEN. A Virtual Centre of Excellence is a fairly new organizational concept. Its aim is to bring the capabilities, knowledge and expertise together from diverse teams across geographical and organization boundaries to create something exemplary and distinguishable within its domain.

-- VeronikaPraendlZika - 2012-10-15

Topic revision: r1 - 2012-10-15 - VeronikaPraendlZika
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