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Friday, November 23, 2007

More on preserving digital datasets

Digital Preservation: Alliance set to tackle science’s new frontier, a press release from the European Science Foundation, November 22, 2007.  Excerpt:

...At the Second International Conference on Permanent Access to the Records of Science held in Brussels on the 15th November, the Alliance for Permanent Access, a group of stakeholders dedicated to preserving digital science records, was launched to [preserve digital science]....

In general stakeholders agree that data must be preserved in a way that guarantees open access, interoperability so that datasets can be compared within and across scientific fields, and repositories must be developed to meet these needs in a quality-controlled and sustainable manner. On the flip-side the unknown cost of losing data makes evaluating preservation more difficult still....