KeepIt Digital Preservation Bibliography

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This is one of the resources produced by the JISC KeepIt project and contributing towards the development of Repository Preservation Exemplars.

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A bibliography Connecting diverse digital repositories and preservation

Please add new items. Criteria:

  1. preservation AND repository AND content type below
  2. open access: include a link that everyone can follow

See also the complementary Preserv bibliography covering technical and other factors relevant to creating preservation services for digital repositories.

Chronological by section, the classified bibliography lists selected paper on the challenges of preserving open repository content in:

Arts and Humanities

Kultur Technical Report (pdf)
March 2009

Kultur Metadata Report (pdf)
March 2009

Kia Ng, Tran Vu Pham, Bee Ong, Alexander Mikroyannidis, David Giaretta
Preservation of Interactive Multimedia Performances
CASPAR project, 2008, in Int. J. Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies, Vol. 3, No. 3, 28 February 2009, 183-196

Victoria Sheppard, Andrew Gray, Dominic Persad
Kultur Project: User Analysis: Interviews Report (pdf 14pp)
November 2008

Victoria Sheppard
Kultur Project: User Survey Report (pdf 37pp)
5th August 2008

Paolo Buonora, Franco Liberati
A Format for Digital Preservation of Images: A Study on JPEG 2000 File Robustness
D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 14 No. 7/8, July/August 2008

Stéphane Pouyllau, Daniel Pouyllau, Shadia Kilouchi, Mona Huerta,Carlos Jenart, Caroline Abela, Lucie Secchiaroli,Olivier Bertoncello, Marie-France Pouyllau, Nicole Tual, Caroline Lefranc
Applications composites et digital humanities: méthodes et outils du CN2SV au service de la recherche
Archive Ouverte en Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication, 17 June 2008

Malcolm Heath, Michael Jubb, David Robey
E-Publication and Open Access in the Arts and Humanities in the UK
Ariadne, Issue 54, 30-January-2008

Christoph Becker, Andreas Rauber, et al.
Preserving Interactive Multimedia Art: A Case Study in Preservation Planning (pdf 10pp)
PLANETS project, 17th January 2008, in International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL 2007), Hanoi, Vietnam, December 10-13 2007

Jacqueline Cooke
A visual arts perspective on open access institutional repositories
Goldsmiths Research Online, 07 Feb 2008, also in Digital Archive Fever: 23rd CHArt (Computers and the History of Art) Annual Conference, 8-9 November, 2007

Tim Vitale
Digital Image File Formats – TIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000, RAW and DNG (pdf 45pp)
Version 20, July 2007

Andrew Wilson, Richard Wright, Malcolm Polfreman, Sheila Anderson, Simon Tanner, Emma Beer
Digital Moving Images and Sound Archiving Study (.doc 120pp)
Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), report for JISC, August 2006

Sheila Anderson, Mike Pringle, Mick Eadie, Tony Austin, Andrew Wilson, Malcolm Polfreman
Digital Images Archiving Study (pdf 163pp)
Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), report for JISC, March 2006

Richard Rinehart
Preserving the Rhizome ArtBase
September 2002

Richard Rinehart
The Straw that Broke the Museum's Back? Collecting and Preserving Digital Media Art Works for the Next Century
Switch, issue 14, Jun 14 2000

Research Data

Open Data Commons ODC-BY draft license available for comment, 1 June 2010

Open Data and the Future of Funded Research (VIDEO)
Columbia University Libraries Scholarly Communication Program, November 12, 2009
Panelists: John Wilbanks, Creative Commons; Robert Chen, CIESIN (Center for International Earth Science Information Network), Columbia University; Andrew Rundle, Mailman School of Public Health, New York

Bryn Nelson
Data sharing: Empty archives
Nature News, 461 (7261), 09 Sep 2009, 160-163
Part of a Nature special feature on data sharing, including an editorial and opinion pieces

Neil Beagrie, Robert Beagrie and Ian Rowlands
Research Data Preservation and Access: The Views of Researchers
Ariadne, Issue 60, 30-July-2009

Michael Witt
Eliciting Faculty Requirements for Research Data Repositories
SMARTech repository at Georgia Tech, from OR09, 4-Jun-2009

Panayiota Polydoratou
Experimenting with the Trial of a Research Data Audit: Some Preliminary Findings about Data Types, Access to Data and Factors for Long Term Preservation
13th International Conference on Electronic Publishing (ElPub 2009), paper deposited 08-05-2009

Steve Androulakis, Ashley M Buckle, Ian Atkinson, David Groenewegen, Nick Nicholas, Andrew Treloar, Anthony Beitz
ARCHER – e-Research Tools for Research Data Management
International Journal of Digital Curation, Vol 4, No 1 (2009), May 2009

Ann Green, et al.
Policy-making for Research Data in Repositories: A Guide
DISC-UK DataShare project, May 2009

Chris Rusbridge
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow: poor players on the digital curation stage
Edinburgh Research Archive, 7 April 2008, in Digital Convergence - Libraries of the Future, edited by Rae Earnshaw and John Vince, 2008 (Springer-Verlag)

Saskia Woutersen-Windhouwer and Renze Brandsma
Report on Enhanced Publications state-of-the-art
DRIVER II project, April 2009

Jan Brase, et al.
Numeric Data: Citation Techniques and Integration with Text
Technical Activities Coordinating Committee (TACC) of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), 2 March 2009

Fry, J and Lockyer, S and Oppenheim, C and Houghton, J and Rasmussen, B
Identifying benefits arising from the curation and open sharing of research data produced by UK Higher Education and research institutes
JISC Information Environment Repository, Project Report, 20 Jan 2009

Managing and Sharing Data: a best practice guide for researchers (pdf 28pp)
UK Data Archive, 2009
See also accompanying Web resources
"This is an excellent resource!" DCC blog, 23 July 2009

Rice, R. DISC-UK Datashare Project: Building Exemplars for Institutional Data Repositories in the UK
IASSIST Quarterly, 31 (3/4), 2009

Martinez-Uribe, L.
Digital Repository Services for Managing Research Data: What Do Oxford Researchers Need?
IASSIST Quarterly, 31 (3/4), 2009

Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving: Best Practice Throughout the Data Life Cycle (4th ed.), Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), 2009

UK Research Data Service
UKRDS feasibility study (.doc 78pp)
Report and Recommendations to HEFCE, 19th December 2008
see also this summary of the study The data imperative: Managing the UK’s research data for future use (pdf 16pp)

Research Data Strategy Working Group
Stewardship of Research Data in Canada: Gap Analysis
Final report, Research Data Canada, 8 December 2008

Francine Berman
Got Data? A Guide to Data Preservation in the Information Age (pdf 8pp)
Communications of the ACM, 51(12), December 2008, 49-56
also available from
For the author's 'Top 10' guidelines for data stewardship from this article, see this short version (San Diego Supercomputer Center press release, 10 December 2008)

Raivo Ruusalepp
International Approaches to Enabling the Sharing of Research Data (pdf 108pp)
DCC/JISC, final report, 20 November 2008
Summary and main findings
Essentially this says there is lots still to be done

Fitzgerald, Anne M. and Pappalardo, Kylie M. and Austin, Anthony C. Practical Data Management: A Legal and Policy Guide, QUT ePrints, 22 Sep 2008
Salo comment: "Australian, so take "legal" with a grain of salt"

Michael Witt
Institutional Repositories and Research Data Curation in a Distributed Environment
Purdue University e-Pubs, 2009, also in Library Trends, Vol. 57, No. 2, Fall 2008

Alma Swan, Sheridan Brown
Skills, Role & Career Structure of Data Scientists & Curators: Assessment of Current Practice & Future Needs
JISC, 31 July 2008

Aaron Griffiths
The Publication of Research Data: Researcher Attitudes and Behaviour
International Journal of Digital Curation, Vol 4, No 1 (2009), July 2008
Comments on Swan and Brown (RIN, 2008)

Alma Swan and Sheridan Brown
To Share or not to Share: Publication and Quality Assurance of Research Data Outputs
Research Information Network (RIN)/JISC, June 2008

Neil Beagrie, Julia Chruszcz, and Brian Lavoie
Keeping Research Data Safe: A Cost Model and Guidance for UK Universities (pdf 169pp)
Charles Beagrie Limited, Final Report to JISC, April 2008
Principally about research data, and includes four case studies - Archaeology Data Service, Kings College London (including what was the AHDS), Cambridge University and Southampton University (Crystallography and Oceanography) - the last three of which involve the respective institutional repositories

Andrew Treloar, Cathrine Harboe-Ree
Data management and the curation continuum: how the Monash experience is informing repository relationships
VALA2008 14th Biennial Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, 5-7 February 2008

Luis Martinez
The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and Institutional Repositories (pdf 22pp)
DISC DataShare project, February 2008

Stewardship of digital research data: a framework of principles and guidelines: Responsibilities of research institutions and funders, data managers, learned societies and publishers (pdf 16pp)
Research Information Network, January 2008

Kasja Weenink, Leo Waaijers, Karen van Godtsenhoven (eds)
A DRIVER's Guide to European Repositories: Five studies of important Digital Repository related issues and good Practices
Amsterdam University Press/Surf / EU-Driver, 16 January 2008
includes these chapters:
- Data Curation, by René van Horik

Andrew Treloar, David Groenewegen, Cathrine Harboe-Ree
The Data Curation Continuum: Managing Data Objects in Institutional Repositories
D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 13, No. 9/10, September/October 2007
"I cannot express how blown away I am with the strikingly intelligent pragmatism (the authors frm Monash University) display" Caveat Lector blog, 18 September 2007

Anna Gold
Cyberinfrastructure, Data, and Libraries, Part 1: A Cyberinfrastructure Primer for Librarians
D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 13 No. 9/10, September/October 2007

Harry Gibbs
DISC-UK DataShare: State-of-the-Art Review (pdf 28pp)
v1, 24 September, 2007

Liz Lyon
Dealing with Data: Roles, Rights, Responsibilities and Relationships
JISC/UKOLN, Consultancy Report, v1.0, 19 June 2007

Anne Fitzgerald, Kylie Pappalardo
Building the Infrastructure for Data Access and Reuse in Collaborative Research: An Analysis of the Legal Context
Open Access to Knowledge, (OAK) Law Project, June 2007

Micah Altman and Gary King
A Proposed Standard for the Scholarly Citation of Quantitative Data
D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 13 No. 3/4, March/April 2007

Committee on Archiving and Accessing Environmental and Geospatial Data at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), National Research Council
Environmental Data Management at NOAA: Archiving, Stewardship, and Access
National Academies Press, 2007

OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding (pdf 24pp)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2007

Long-Lived Digital Data Collections Enabling Research and Education in the 21st Century
National Science Board, NSB-05-40, September 2005

Jim Gray, Alexander S. Szalay, Ani R. Thakar, Christopher Stoughton, Jan vandenBerg
Online Scientific Data Curation, Publication, and Archiving, arXiv:cs/0208012v1 [cs.DL], 7 Aug 2002

Science data

Sign up to the Panton Principles for open data in science

Tasneem Irshad and Jenny Ure
Clinical Data from Home to Health Centre: the Telehealth Curation Lifecycle, SCARP Case Study No. 3 (pdf 65pp)
DCC SCARP CASE STUDY REPORT, Version No. 1.1, 29 June 2009

Manjula Patel
Preservation Planning for Crystallography Data
JISC eCrystals Federation Project, 25th June 2009

Esther Conway
Curating Atmospheric Data for long term use: Infrastructure and Preservation Issues for the Atmospheric Sciences community, SCARP Case Study No. 2 (pdf 52pp)
DCC SCARP INTERIM CASE STUDY REPORT, Version No. 6.21, 2 June 2009

Manjula Patel
Representation Information for Crystallography Data (pdf 22pp)
JISC eCrystals Federation Project report, 19 May 2009

Guy McGarva, Steve Morris, and Greg Janée
Preserving Geospatial Data
DPC Technology Watch Series Report 09-01, May 2009

Lyubomir Penev, Terry Erwin, Jeremy Miller, Vishwas Chavan, Tom Moritz, Charles Griswold
Publication and dissemination of datasets in taxonomy: ZooKeys working example
ZooKeys 11 (2009) doi: 10.3897/zookeys.11.210

Angus Whyte
Curating Brain Images in a Psychiatric Research Group: Infrastructure and Preservation Issues, SCARP Case Study No. 1 (pdf 59pp)
DCC SCARP INTERIM CASE STUDY REPORT, Version No. 1.1, 11 November 2008

Jeremy Frey
Curation of Laboratory Experimental Data as Part of the Overall Data Lifecycle
International Journal of Digital Curation, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2008), announced August 2008
Advances the idea that data curation should begin in the laboratory

Peter Murray-Rust
Open Data In Science
Dspace@ Cambridge IR, January 5, 2008, available from Nature Precedings [1] (2008), also in Serials Review, Vol. 34, No. 1, March 2008, 52-64

Manjula Patel, Simon Coles
A study of Curation and Preservation Issues in the eCrystals Data Repository and Proposed Federation
JISC eBank-UK Project, Final Version (Revised), 7th September 2007
An impressive report that takes a proactive and rigorous, enquiring approach to identify the key issues. What's important is that it engages the repository view, and real scenarios, with the preservation view.

Peter Morgan
Facilitating the Deposit of Experimental Chemistry Data in Institutional Repositories: Project SPECTRa (Submission, Preservation, and Exposure of Chemistry Teaching and Research Data) (pdf 8pp)
IATUL 28th Annual Conference, Stockholm, Sweden. June 11-14, 2007

Alan Tonge, Peter Morgan
Project SPECTRa, Submission, Preservation and Exposure of Chemistry Teaching and Research Data
JISC Final Report, March 2007

Christine L. Borgman, Jillian C. Wallis, Noel Enyedy
Little Science Confronts the Data Deluge: Habitat Ecology, Embedded Sensor Networks, and Digital Libraries
eScholarship Repository, University of California, November 25, 2006, in International Journal on Digital Libraries, 7 (1–2), 17-30

Teaching and Learning materials

Jennifer Meta Robinson
Can a Repository Make the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Usable?
Academic Commons, March 18th, 2009

Tom Carey
How Do Open Education Resources Acquire Their Value for Teaching and Learning?
Academic Commons, March 18th, 2009

Angela Conyers and Pete Dalton
The Preservation of e-Learning Materials - An Attitudinal Study (pdf 46pp)
Evidence Base Research and Evaluation Services, Birmingham City University, report for JISC, October 2008

Kevin Ashley, Richard Davis, Ed Pinsent
Significant Properties of E-learning Objects (pdf 65pp)
University of London Computer Centre, report for JISC, Draft Version: 0.91, March 2008

Peter Emmerson
Retention of Learning Materials: A Survey of Institutional Policies and Practice
JISC IE Repository, 18 Feb 2008
"It is also important to separate decisions on retention periods from decisions on preservation methods or curation requirements. This survey was intended to look at the policies and practices relating to the retention of learning materials rather than the methods used to preserve or look after them."

Franklin, T and Harmelen, M
Web 2.0 for Content for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
JISC IE Repository, project report, 15 Feb 2008

Tom Carey and Gerard L. Hanley
Extending the Impact of Open Educational Resources through Alignment with Pedagogical Content Knowledge and Institutional Strategy: Lessons Learned from the MERLOT Community Experience
in Opening Up Education, T. Iiyoshi and V. Kumar (eds), MIT Press, 2008, pp. 181-196

Leah Halliday
Jorum External User Evaluation Report (pdf 54pp)
Jorum, July 2007

Jane Stevenson
Jorum Preservation Watch Report (pdf 66pp)
Jorum project report, 24 July 2006
"focussing on some key issues to be addressed in connection with a preservation process for Jorum."

Jane Stevenson
Preservation Watch Report (pdf 73pp)
JORUM project, report for JISC, V1.0, July 2005
"overview of current activities, standards and recommendations relating to digital preservation, and provides a starting point for further work on a long term preservation strategy for learning objects held within the Jorum repository."

Lorna M. Campbell
Repository Issues …. from a Teaching and Learning perspective
in Heery, R. and Anderson, S., Digital Repositories Review, Annex 3, JISC, February 2005

Ed Barker, Hamish James, Gareth Knight, Colin Milligan, Malcolm Polfreman, Roger Rist
Long-Term Retention and Reuse of E-Learning Objects and Materials (.doc 98pp)
JISC report, Version 1.4, November 11th, 2004

Neil McLean, Clifford Lynch
Interoperability between Information and Learning Environments – Bridging the Gaps
IMS Global Learning Consortium and the Coalition for Networked Information, Joint White Paper, draft version, June 28, 2003

Ross Harvey


Martin Halbert, Katherine Skinner and Gail McMillan
Getting ETDs off the Calf-Path: Digital Preservation Readiness for Growing ETD Collections and Distributed Preservation Networks
ETD 2009 12th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Pittsburgh, June 10-13, 2009

Peter Sefton
An integrated approach to preparing, publishing, presenting and preserving theses (pdf 24pp)
ETD 2007 added values to e-theses: 10th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Uppsala, Sweden, 13-16 June 2007
Describes the Integrated Content Environment for research and scholarship (ICE-RS)

Kamini Santhanagopalan, Edward A. Fox and Gail McMillan
A Prototype for Preservation and Harvesting of International ETDs using LOCKSS and OAI-PMH (pdf 36pp)
9th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Quebec City, June 7-10, 2006

Priscilla Caplan and Chuck Thomas
DAITSS: Another Preservation Option for Electronic Theses & Dissertations (pdf 4pp)
9th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Quebec City, June 7-10, 2006

Thomas Wollschlaeger
ETD's as pilot materials for long-term preservation efforts in kopal (pdf 8pp)
9th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Quebec City, June 7-10, 2006