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

24 Jun 2019

Plenary 14 Session Submission Deadline Is Thursday!

With Plenary 14 (P14) scheduled to occur from October 23-25, the deadline for session submission is this Thursday, 27 June at 16:00 UTC.

Submissions for meeting sessions are open to working groups, interest groups, joint groups and birds of feather (BoF) meetings.

Please note, however, submissions are accepted from group chairs only. If you submit a session request for a group, please notify the other chairs of that group.

16 May 2019

Plenary 14: Call for Sessions, Collocated Events, Posters and Registration Now Open!

Taking place from 23-25 October 2019, the 14th RDA Plenary will take place in Dipoli, the nature-immersed building of Aalto University, Helsinki, in Finland, “one of the happiest countries in the world”, states Per Öster, CSC-IT Center For Science Director and Co-Chair of the P14 Programme Committee.

 

25 Jan 2019

RDA Plenary 13 - Your session has been successfully accepted

Dear group,
Congratulations! Your session application  - Researcher’s Tools for
Attaining Knowledge Preservation - has been approved and will appear in
the RDA Plenary 13 Programme.  Please consider this your official
notification of acceptance.
The detailed Plenary 13 programme will be published online by 11
February, 2019, and your scheduled session time will be published in the
programme. The programme will also include the link to your meeting web
page – please keep that page up to date with any changes to your agenda

24 Apr 2018

Maturity and Resourcing Survey for Digital Preservation

The Digital Preservation Oxford and Cambridge (DPOC) project in collaboration with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has developed a short survey intended to gather information from collecting and research organisations around the world who have a remit to manage digital content. The survey has a particular focus on staffing resources, but also briefly covers policy, strategy, and maturity modelling.

 

14 Mar 2018

Preservation Tools for Researchers: IG meeting at RDA

Greetings All,
A week from today, our newly-official IG will have its fourth meeting at the RDA Plenary in Berlin. This group is focused on tools that researchers can use to help keep track of all the great stuff we do, with the aim of preserving it. We have a great lineup of speakers, which should spark a lot of discussion. The meeting page is here: https://rd-alliance.org/ig-preservation-tools-techniques-and-policies-rd... . We’re in “Breakout 3”.

14 Mar 2018

Preservation Tools for Researchers: IG meeting at RDA

Greetings All,
A week from today, our newly-official IG will have its fourth meeting at the RDA Plenary in Berlin. This group is focused on tools that researchers can use to help keep track of all the great stuff we do, with the aim of preserving it. We have a great lineup of speakers, which should spark a lot of discussion. The meeting page is here: https://rd-alliance.org/ig-preservation-tools-techniques-and-policies-rd... . We’re in “Breakout 3”.