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Digital Preservation

Addressing the preservation and long-term access issues for digital resources is one of the key challenges facing informational organisations such as libraries, archives, cultural institutions, scientific organisations and government agencies today. Digital objects require constant and expensive maintenance because they depend on hardware, software, data, models and standards which are upgraded or replaced every few years.

A number of major initiatives and projects have been established to investigate or develop strategies for preserving the burgeoning amounts of digital content being produced. To date, the alternative preservation approaches have been based on emulation, migration and metadata – or some combination of these. This research utilises preservation metadata, automatic notification services, software and format registries and semantic grid services to attempt to offer a sustainable, dynamic approach to the long term preservation of large collections of heterogeneous data.

Related Publications

J. Hunter and S. Choudhury. "PANIC - An Integrated Approach to the Preservation of Complex Digital Objects using Semantic Web Services" International Journal on Digital Libraries: Special Issue on Complex Digital Objects. 6(2). April 2006. pp 174-183. doi:10.1007/s00799-005-0134-z

J. Hunter and S. Choudhury. "Semi-Automated Preservation and Archival of Scientific Data using Semantic Grid Services" Semantic Infrastructure for Grid Computing Applications Workshop, CCGRid 2005. Cardiff, UK. May 2005. (Alternative location).

J. Hunter and S. Choudhury. "A Semi-Automated Digital Preservation System based on Semantic Web Services" Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2004. Tucson, Arizona. June 2004. pp 269-278. doi:10.1145/996350.996415

J. Hunter and S. Choudhury. "Implementing Preservation Strategies for Complex Multimedia Objects" The Seventh European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, ECDL 2003. Trondheim. August 2003. pp 473-486. doi:10.1007/b11967

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