Investigating the needs of modern preservation and archiving of digital repositories, it quickly becomes obvious that traditional practices and technologies are not cut out to meet the future demands that can easily be anticipated when looking at the fast development of user and technical requirements. Clearly, a new approach is needed to assure that the data generated today is available and useful tomorrow for the next generation of users. As scientific, engineering, and media data and their related metadata are generated across different lifecycle phases, in a continually evolving environment, the concept of a fixed and stable “final” version becomes less relevant. Long-term sustainability mechanisms are needed to deal with technological obsolescence (e.g. of formats, software), “semantic decay” of digital assets (understanding changes over time, e.g. due to changes in use of terminology), and discipline and societal changes as the data evolves across different phases of the information lifecycle. Maintaining the complex relations and dependencies between the components of this ecosystem is key to achieving “preservation by design”, through models that capture intents and interpretation contexts associated with digital content.
Work Package: WP9 Technology transfer (M1-50)
Delivery Date: 18