IG Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies RDA 9th Plenary meeting


Initial Meeting of the Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies (PTTP) IG

Meeting agenda: (slides are linked to this web page; please find them in the attachments)

  1. Introduction, Motivation for IG, and preliminary plans for future evolution (attachment: PTTP_Intro.pdf)
  2. short presentations by developers and users:
    1. Natalie Meyers:  Research Data & Software Preservation Quality Tool -  PRESQT (link: http://presqt.crc.nd.edu/) (attachment: presqt-RDA.pptx)
    2. Jan Brase: Tools, Techniques, and Policies in the Digital Humanities (attachment: 170402_DH-Tools_Techniques_Policies.ppt)
  3. (Overview of Preservation Tools/ developing Taxonomy: what are we talking about?)
  4. (brief discussion of Policy questions)
  5. Discussion of next steps

[Possible, depending on length of session:

  • Breakout session on desirable Tool features
    • Reporting from breakout groups
  • Discussion of Current (and Forthcoming) Preservation Policies
    • (organized by national funding agencies)
    • motivations of agencies/governments
    • implications for researchers ]

(See remote access information at the bottom of this page)

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group: 

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.

Meeting objectives

Begin a formal dialogue within RDA connecting domain researchers and data scientists and data-handling professionals in order to improve, first, the communication between them, and second and more important, the tools the researchers use to preserve the knowledge inherent in their research results.

Potential topics of discussion:

  • How to catalogue available preservation tools, including capabilities, compatibilities, and rates of adoption, and make this information available to researchers and archivists. This catalogue will serve as a basis for discussion of tool development and deployment in order to better meet the needs of diverse research communities
  • How to survey preservation policies across countries, funding agencies, and research areas to assemble a comprehensive view of researcher and archive responsibilities

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc


email: pttp@rda-groups.org

Links back to 8th Plenary sessions that started this discussion:

Policy issues: http://mpsopendata.crc.nd.edu/, and resources linked there.


    Domain researchers and those who manage domain-specific archives are the primary targets for this meeting. A specific recruitment effort will be made to bring research scientists to the Plenary who have not previously attended this type of meeting. We are specifically looking for both exemplars of preservation tools/interfaces and case studies of those that don't work so well in order to gain a complete picture of the landscape. Those who study knowledge preservation schema and infrastructure are also welcome to share their expertise.

    Group chairs serving as contacts: Michael Hildreth, Ruth Duerr

    Type of meeting:Working meeting

    Group maturity: 0-6 months

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