Topics for Common Research Agenda

Topics for common vision

In order to put together the work plan of APARSEN we identified the following as major topics for each of these we are identifying the important research directions.


  • Certification of repositories
    • Research into tools to help in the evaluation of repositories e.g. risks
  • Reputation and trustability of datasets, publications and people
    • Annotation techniques
    • Combining annotations
  • Authenticity
    • Authenticity protocols for various types of objects
    • Ways to combine provenance information
    • Security of provenance e.g. logs
  • Identification of datasets, publication, people
    • Framework for identifiers
  • Testing and evidence
    • Landscape of objects, tools & techniques and testing methods to be completed


  • Business cases
  • Preservation
    • Techniques
      • Transformation
      • Representation Information
        • Emulation
    • Services
      • Those countering risks identified by PARSE.Insight roadmap
    • Tools
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Transfer of custody who to hand over to and what to hand over
  • Storage solutions
  • Scalability


  • Intelligibility
    • Ways to define knowledge base of users
  • Use by common tools
    • Virtualisation techniques for digitally encoded information
  • Cross domain usability
  • Interoperability


  • Identification of datasets, publication, people
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Policies and governance

Training and formal qualifications

  • Curriculum and course modules based on the research agenda


  • Generic preservation
    • OAIS
  • Specific types of metadata
    • Representation Information
      • EAST
  • PDI
    • PREMIS
  • Packaging
    • XFDU
    • METS
  • Descriptive Information
    • Dublin Core

Could add "interfaces" to this list to include common mechanisms for interactions between separate systems, e.g. OAI-PMH, Digital Certificates like Xades, etc

-- AshHunter - 2012-03-02


Topic revision: r1 - 2012-11-28 - DavidGiaretta
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