Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies

IG

Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Helen Glaves
IG Established
 

The Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies (PTTP) IG provides a forum to bring together domain researchers, data and informatics experts, and policy specialists to discuss such issues as:

  • What data/software/artifacts/documentation (hereafter referred to as “knowledge products”) should be preserved for sharing, re-use, and reproducibility for a given research domain?For other domains?
  • What tools are available for researchers to preserve these elements in a manner that does not obstruct or hinder their research?
    • What are the strengths and weaknesses of these tools?
    • Are there common features that could allow tools from one domain to be re-used elsewhere?
    • Are there tools that archives/repositories could provide that could make preservation much easier for researchers?
    • What are the longer-term development goals of each of these tools?
  • What preservation policies exist, imposed by government agencies, publishers, or other actors? How are they changing? How are they implemented? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • How can preservation policies be implemented in a way that aids research both now and in the future?
    • How does this depend on the tools provided?

Through the course of these discussions, the PTTP IG acts to strengthen the dialogue between domain researchers and the data community by focusing on how researchers are enabled to use previously generated and preserve new results.  This enhanced engagement amplifies the voice of the research community within the fabric of RDA.  The additional focus on policy considerations, by nature nation-, agency-, and organization-specific, serves to illustrate the means by which research preservation can be encouraged (or required) and the implications of these policy decisions.

Given that one must preserve knowledge products before one can (usefully) share them, the mechanisms by which this preservation happens is primarily in the hands of the researcher and should be a critically important element to the mission of the RDA.   The quality of the data and the information relevant to their creation can only be guaranteed by the researcher who produces the data.  Thus, it is in the RDA’s best interest to consider this an integral part of its progress.

This group has obvious synergies with the Reproducibility IG, the Provenance IG, and the Active Data Management Plans IG, among others.  It has no overlap with the existing Preservation e-Infrastructure IG, according to its charter.



Recent Activity

21 Dec 2019

RDA P15 Melbourne - Session Acceptance

 
Dear Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies Interest Group,
 
At its meeting on December 19, the RDA Technical Advisory Board considered your proposal for a session at Plenary 15 in 2020.
 
We are happy to advise you that your session proposal "Researcher's Tools for Attaining Knowledge Preservation" has been accepted. Congratulations!
 
TAB has some suggestions below for how you could improve your session. Please update the session description accordingly to provide the best information for potential attendees.

16 Dec 2019

Save the Date - PASIG Madrid, May 19-21, 2020

SAVE THE DATE

 

The PASIG program committee is pleased to announce the 14th edition of PASIG. This exciting event will take place from May 19 through 21, 2020, at the Biblioteca digital memoriademadrid in Madrid, Spain.

 

The Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) is dedicated to advancing the practice of digital preservation and archiving. The conference brings together practitioners, industry experts, and researchers to share experience in a vendor-neutral forum on how to put preservation and archiving into practice. 

28 Nov 2019

Deadline For P15 Group Session Submissions Extended To 5 December 2019

Dear RDA members, 

 

RDA's 15th Plenary meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 18-20 March 2020 

 

The deadline to submit session proposals for Plenary 15 in Melbourne, Australia has been extended to 5 December 2019, midnight UTC.

24 Jul 2019

Save the Date - PASIG Madrid, May 19-21, 2020

Please save the date for the next Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) meeting in Madrid, May 19-21, 2020. The Biblioteca Digital Memoria de Madrid, Centro Cultural Conde Duque is the event host. The PASIG Steering Committee is pleased to connect with colleagues in Conde Duque, which is the most important cultural center in Madrid and home to some of the city’s main libraries and archives. Like last year, this PASIG will offer bi-lingual translation services in English and Spanish

 

24 Jul 2019

Save the Date - PASIG Madrid, May 19-21, 2020

Please save the date for the next Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) meeting in Madrid, May 19-21, 2020. The Biblioteca Digital Memoria de Madrid, Centro Cultural Conde Duque is the event host. The PASIG Steering Committee is pleased to connect with colleagues in Conde Duque, which is the most important cultural center in Madrid and home to some of the city’s main libraries and archives. Like last year, this PASIG will offer bi-lingual translation services in English and Spanish