Roughly weekly news and opinions from the Digital Preservation Coalition’s Head of Research and Practice, Paul Wheatley. Opinions are the opinions of Paul and those featured. Not the DPC. They’re just opinions, ok?

The situation with research data formats, and the more generic/text/numerical data that doesn’t really fit the model, really brings out some of the challenges we have more widely with file format ID:

As you read in this blog previously, we knew this craziness was going to happen a few months back, but it’s now confirmed:

Nothing to do with digital preservation. Everything to do with how we go about making it better:

This is an interesting approach with plenty of mileage that I’ve seen experimented with elsewhere. Characterisation doesn’t always have to give precise answers it just needs to narrow down our limited human QA (or more processor intensive characterisation) to the suspect files:

All relevant stuff to digital preservation of course…

Sage advice:

DPC and NCDD got together in a whiskey distillery and made the mistake of spending all our time talking collaboration. Lots of stuff coming up, so keep your eyes peeled:

I keep trying to raise this issue, as almost all organisations seem to have it. We need some better tools for sifting shared drives / cloud accounts for preservation worthy stuff:

Some really useful tool focused discussions around email preservation on the excellent Digital Curation Google Groups:

Some comment on the new Jisc initiative for research data preservation:

So we had the budget day here in the UK and, without getting too political, it of course included more austerity for GLAM UK. Necessary sustainability or cultural massacre? You decide:

Hmmm that sounded a bit like a really unpleasant Fighting Fantasy book.

ANYway, look at this….

I’m not convinced this is a suitably unique name to give to a preservation tool:

Out sourcing is such a big challenge in this field but is growing in popularity particularly for web archiving. But how do you know the job is being done properly?

Please add some more thoughts to a first response from Chris:

As always, this should be a good one:

And some lovely retro stuff to wrap things up this week. Digital preservation in context. Pretty irresistible:

My Dad used to work for Elliot on these giant cabinet based computers. This week a computer with half a gig of memory was given away for free on the cover of a magazine…

Now this is what I call automation!

And a final ominous thought of particularly stormy clouds on the horizon:

Information Transit got the wrong man. I got the right man. The wrong one was delivered to me as the right man, I accepted him on good faith as the right man. Was I wrong?


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