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Research and Scientific Collections- Issue 1, October 2013

About the Research and Scientific Collections Community
Welcome aboard!

You have just opened the first Newsletter for experts in the field of Reseach and Scientific Collections. Through this newsletter you will stay up-to-date on digital preservation topics related to your Community of Practice. You’ll find discussions and information about standards, methodologies and best practices, that will help you in managing your audiovisual collections.

You receive this newsletter because we believe you are interested in information and updates on digital preservation of audiovisual material intended for scientific research. If you would like to participate in the Research and Scientific Collections Community, don't hesitate to contact us at

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What is this Community of Practice about?

PrestoCentre has identified nine different Communities of Practice, each based on a shared concern, a shared set of problems and a common pursuit of technological solutions related to the particular custodial practices and digital preservation challenges in a principal sub-sector of audiovisual media.

The Research and Scientific Collections Community of Practice involves research groups that produce and use video material for conducting research activities. With this broad focus, we aim to include research groups active in various research fields (such as Cultural Heritage, Medicine, Biology, Geology, Computer Science, etc.) in order to gather their specific requirements and to promote the adoption of successful preservation practices in all diverse areas of the research community.

Participating in this Community of Practice allows you to stay in touch with other audiovisual digital preservation experts. By sharing your digital preservation needs with others, you'll find tools and information that will help you to better preserve your audiovisual resources and to contribute to the overall research in the digital preservation field.

Who are involved?

PrestoCentre has already received many applications from practitioners in research and scientific collections. This community will provide peer support, knowledge creation and transfer through dialogue, feedback and the sharing of examples of problems and challenges that people within the research field face when dealing with digital preservation. 

The following experts have agreed to take on a representative role in the core group of experts to the Community of Research and Scientific Collections:
  • Pier Marco Bertinetto, Scuola Normale Superiore, IT
  • Silvia Calamai, University of Siena, IT
  • Sepideh Chakaveh,  University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Dominique Hazael-Massieux, W3C/ERCIM, FR
  • Isabelle Herlin, INRIA, FR
  • Martha Larson, Technical University of Delft, NL
  • Stéphane Marchand-Maillet, University of Geneva, CH
  • Marc Thiriet, ERCIM and INRIA, FR
Your Participation
How do you Contribute?

This Community of Practice is a great opportunity to get to know and learn from peers, share what you know and increase your contact network. We've created an exclusive discussion platform related to digital preservation in Research and Scientific Collections where you can share your knowledge and opinion. We value your participation and are very much interested in your expertise, experience and points of view. Bring your examples from your day-to-day practice to the community and engage with colleagues in the field.

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PrestoCentre Events
Free Workshop: Digital Audiovisual Preservation in Communities of Practice: Learn, Collaborate and Share
Collaborate and network with archivists, content managers, researchers, technology and service providers. Understand how research and industry cooperate today and what are the challenges encountered to optimise research results for digital audiovisual preservation. On December 4, 2013 PrestoCentre is hosting a unique event for you to share your specific problems with other practitioners and learn about new perspectives and  potential solutions to digital preservation. 
This free one day workshop will offer the opportunity to participate in interactive group discussions and debates on key topics with your peers. Please join us at this forthcoming event on December 4 in Central Paris hosted by the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA).

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Featured Blog
Preservation of AV Research Content

By: Fabrizio Falchi - CNR-ISTI

You may remember the news where a calculation mistake was discovered by a 28-year-old graduate student in an Excel file used for the research conducted by Reinhart and Rogoff on government-debt levels. A debate still exists on the relevance of the mistake, but here I would like to focus on the fact that the discovery was possible because the student had access to the file. The Excel file can be seen as a container for the observations together with a brief summary (i.e., the formula used for producing the research results) of the research process conducted by Reinhart and Rogoff. The file was sent to the student by the authors that, by the way, were not preserving it in a proper way. We cannot rely on this kind of open access and preservation for future research. We need to start thinking at “research preservation” as a comprehensive topic.

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Library Highlight
Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS)
The OAIS (Open Archival Information System) Reference Model was developed by the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) as a first step towards generating formal standards for the long-term archiving of Space Science data. It is a conceptual framework rather than a fully-fledged, prescriptive standard, and is intended to identify the necessary features of an archival information system rather than re-commend any particular implementation.

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Upcoming Events
December 10-11: Sustainability: Securing the Value of Digital Data Assets  – The APARSEN project has been working to collect, evaluate and develop key answers to these questions. This two day training event, will focus on the topic of “Sustainability” in relation to the preservation of digital objects and will present some of these answers. The training aims at presenting state of the art developments in relation to four key sustainable preservation practices.

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December 2-3: Digital Strategies for Heritage (DISH) 2013  – Digital Strategies for Heritage (DISH) is the bi-annual international conference on digital heritage and strategies for heritage institutions. Triggered by changes in society, heritage organisations face many challenges and need to make strategic decisions about their activities and services. The key aims of the conference are inspiration, knowledge, skills, innovation and networking.

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