By Andy Jackson, Web Archive Digital Lead, British Library
Calling All Digital Preservers!
The digital preservation community is small and under resourced. This means we must work together if we want to make the biggest impact. To this end, a small group of us have been attempting to help the members of the digital preservation community better support each other. As it is World Digital Preservation Day (https://www.dpconline.org/events/world-digital-preservation-day), we'd like to encourage you all to (re)discover what we've built so far:
- The http://www.digipres.org homepage, our community gateway and homepage.
- The Digital Preservation Awesome List(https://github.com/digipres/awesome-digital-preservation#readme), aiming to be a comprehensive index of software and resources to help preserve digital content.
- The Digital Preservation Q&A site (http://qanda.digipres.org/), which is intended to make our questions and answers easier to find.
- The File Formats Wiki http://fileformats.archiveteam.org/
- The Format Registry Aggregator (http://www.digipres.org/formats/), which aggregates information from a number of different format registries so you can search across them all at once.
- The Open Preservation Format Corpus (https://github.com/openpreserve/format-corpus), where anyone can contribute example files.
- The COPTR Tool Registry (http://coptr.digipres.org), which was formed by the merger of many of the previous tool registry efforts, and which seeks to be a primary reference for those working in practical digital preservation.
- The POWRR Tool Grid (https://coptr.digipres.org/index.php/Tools_Grid), which is generated from COPTR Tool Registry.
- The COPTR Community Owned Workflows(https://coptr.digipres.org/index.php/Workflow:Community_Owned_Workflows)
- Digital Preservation and Data Curation Requirements and Solutions http://wiki.opf-labs.org/display/REQ/Digital+Preservation+and+Data+Curation+Requirements+and+Solutions
If you'd like to help, we'd love to hear from you....
- What have we missed from the Awesome List?
- Can you answer any of the unanswered DigiPres questions? Do you need to ask questions of your own? Are there old questions and answers on mailing lists that need a more visible home, so others can find them again?
- Can you contribute to the COPTR Tool Registry?
- Are these resources useful? Should we change our approach?
The last one is really important. We've been in digital preservation long enough to see a lot of portals and projects come and go, and we recognize that making it possible to build on past work sometimes requires changing what we've built so far.
Please get in touch if you have any questions. You could talk us directly via Twitter or Mastodon (e.g. https://digipres.club/), or use the digipres.org discussion forums. We're happy to hear any and all ideas!
In particular, in the last few weeks, the digipres.org homepage has been modified and the Awesome List has been set up, based on community feedback (https://github.com/orgs/digipres/discussions/34). Now would be a great time to get some feedback on what we've been doing!
Thanks for reading, and thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.