Researcher’s Tools for Attaining Knowledge Preservation

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04 Dec 2019
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This meeting is intended to provide a forum for discussion on Knowledge Preservationhow to make it easy for researchers to preserve their research results in a way that is beneficial to sharing with others and for further research. These issues are encountered immediately in any discussion with researchers about data sharing or open data. This meeting represents the sixth in a series, with a narrowing of scope of the Preservation Tools Techniques and Policy IG to focus on tools for researchers.  This plenary, we will focus on recent work that broadens the scope and applicability of the preservation of scientific annotation, and we will hear from several projects in Australia that have not yet received attention in this forum, mostly directed at software preservation, an issue which we have not yet addressed. 

The objectives of the meeting are:

This meeting will continue the discussions of the previous RDA Plenaries about finding a way to bridge the gap between researchers and repositories. One eventual goal of the group is to provide a set of recommendations in terms of preservation tools and other infrastructure that would facilitate researchers in preparing their results for preservation and re-use.

  • Meeting objectives:
    • Updates on annotation preservation infrastructure: how can the scope of these projects be broadened for more general use
    • Focus on software preservation


Meeting agenda: 

Jens Klump, CSIRO: 

  • “Software Preservation and Reuse”

Michelle Barker, Chair of the OECD Global Science Forum Expert Group on Digital Skills for Research, Deputy Executive Director, Director, Strategy and Skilled Workforce ARDC, founding member of Research Software Alliance (ReSA):

  • “Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) policy recommendations for increasing national research performance and upskilling for digital and software preservation. “

 Peter Cornwell, University of Westminster, Data Futures LBG:

  • AAEUK and NIST annotation infrastructure for laboratory notebooks; combining datasets and manuscript to preserve and increase traceability of engineering records
  • CERN using value-added repository services with Zenodo to improve discovery and enrich metadata 
  • DTU Department of Wind Energy update on machinic annotation of atmospheric LIDAR datasets to improve reuse

Adam Bell, AARNet

  • Collaboration: AARNet collaboration with CERN
  • Preservation Actions: preservation over time using OCFL to ensure fixity of digital material as repository software and infrastructure changes; building scalable FAIR data infrastructures based on OCFL and RO-Crate; interoperating preservation solutions using OCFL with Archivematica, Dataverse and Invenio.
Target Audience: 

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.

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

This IG is intended to fill a gap in the RDA discussion thus far, which is to provide a researcher-focused forum for discussion on how to facilitate the preservation and sharing of research results.

Previous RDA meetings of this IG have examined various efforts in preservation technology aimed at researchers, including workshops around implementing FAIR principles in science, infrastructure like the Open Science Framework, efforts around preserving data in publications (Authorea), the development of new preservation tools (PresQT), among others. We have a close working relationship with the other preservation-related IGs, including Active Data Management Plans, Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data, Chemistry Research Data, Domain Repositories, and Reproducibility, among others.  New activities include the incorporation of tools for preservation of scientific annotation of research documents and data resources.

Short Group Status: 

Established 2017

Members of the group have focused recently on active engagement between domain researchers and preservation infrastructure specialists in order to work through many of the issues of interest in “real world” settings.

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