Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies

IG

Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Helen Glaves
 

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

22 Apr 2017

Reminder Data and Software Preservation PresQT Workshop May 1-2 seeks input from stakeholders

Hi all, 

Just a Reminder, about the upcoming Data and Software Preservation PresQT workshop to be held at University of Notre Dame May 1-2, 2017.   There are a few seats left for those who'd like to attend on-site(registration closes Sunday night) & a remote attendance option.

The workshop convenes communities and tool providers engaged in data and software preservation to assess needs, look at the successful tools of today, and brainstorm about the data and software preservation tools of the future.

24 Mar 2017

Inaugural Meeting of RDA "Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies" IG at Barcelona

Greetings All,
We would like to draw your attention to the inaugural meeting of a new "Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies” IG that will attempt to build a bridge between domain scientists and the data community. Our session will be at 14:00 on 5 April.
The session agenda and information can be found here: https://www.rd-alliance.org/ig-preservation-tools-techniques-and-policie...

24 Mar 2017

Inaugural Meeting of RDA "Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies" IG at Barcelona

Greetings All,
We would like to draw your attention to the inaugural meeting of a new "Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies” IG that will attempt to build a bridge between domain scientists and the data community. Our session will be at 14:00 on 5 April.
The session agenda and information can be found here: https://www.rd-alliance.org/ig-preservation-tools-techniques-and-policie...