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People Mashing: Agile digital preservation and the AQuA Project

Wheatley, P, Middleton, M, Double, J, Jackson, A and McGuinness, R (2011) People Mashing: Agile digital preservation and the AQuA Project. In: http://ipres2011.sg/conference-procedings. IPRES 2011: 8th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects, 1-9 Nov 2011, Singapore. .


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Manual quality assurance (QA) of digitised content is typically fallible and can result in collections that are marred by a variety of quality and access issues. Poor storage conditions, technology obsolescence and other unforeseen problems can also leave digital objects in an unusable state. Detecting, identifying and ultimately fixing these issues typically requires costly and time consuming manual processes. An inadequate understanding of potentially applicable tools and their application creates a barrier to the automation of preservation processes for many collection owners. The JISC funded [1] Automating Quality Assurance Project (AQuA) [2] applied a variety of existing tools in order to automatically detect quality and preservation issues in digital collections and bridge the divide between technical and collection management expertise. Two AQuA Mashup events brought together digital preservation practitioners, collection curators and technical experts to present problematic digital collections, articulate requirements for their assessment, and then apply tools to automate the detection and identification of the content issues. By breaking down the barriers between technical and nontechnical practitioners, the events enabled grass-roots digital preservation collaboration. This paper describes the AQuA Project’s novel approach to agile preservation problem solving and discusses the incidental benefits and community building that this strategy facilitated.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Keywords: digital preservation; agile development; unconference; digital curation; curation; mashup; hackathon; quality assurance
Institution: The University of Leeds
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2012 14:31
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2015 11:37
Status: Published
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43837

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