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For context on the nature and purpose of Theme Groups, as well as a complete list of Theme Groups and their definitions, please visit this page's parent, Theme Groups

Scholarly activities listed as part of each Theme Group are harvested from contributions to Themes pages during the community design period between Workshop One and Workshop Two. Lists of scholarly activities are not intended or expected to be comprehensive. Making the included activities more comprehensive and defining each at an appropriate level of detail is expected to be an activity of working groups in the period between Workshops Two and Three.


"Preserve" encompasses a broad range of storage activities, both long- and short-term; both "local" (e.g., an individual scholar's desktop or individual networked-repository space) and "archival" (e.g., an institutional or disciplinary digital repository, with appropriate access governance). It includes activities that prepare a scholarly object for storage, such as digitizing it or transforming a digitized object from a form(at) in which it is obtained to a form(at) suitable to a next stage of scholarly activity (e.g., analysis, annotation, long-term archiving, etc.). "Preserve" in its shorter-term and more-local aspects bears strong resemblance to "Aggregate," and activities in the two theme groups are likely to share many of the same automation services.

Included Themes

Scholarly Activities in this Theme Group

  • Preserve materials (e.g., papers) from a conference
  • Preserve scholarly methodologies (records of how a project or inquiry was performed)
  • Preserve the results of a search for materials
  • Preserve wikis as a record of an event, process, or project
  • Preserve relationships between digital objects that change over time
  • Preserve a record of a performance
  • Preserve a visualization of an artifact, event, performance, etc. (e.g., VRML models)
  • Store audio recordings
  • Store video recordings
  • Store texts
  • Store images
  • Store maps
  • Store GIS data sets
  • Store sets of data that comprise a research corpus
  • Curate digital content (e.g., apply metadata - cf. the "Annotate" theme group)
  • Preserve materials using library or museum services
  • Preserve materials in a digital content management system such as Fedora Commons or Nuxeo
  • Preserve materials in a relational database
  • Preserve materials in an RDF store
  • Preserve materials in a distributed, column-oriented store (e.g., Hadoop)
  • For all preservation activities:
    • Address sustainability issues inherent in any preservation endeavor
    • Address the tension between reasonably sustainable storage resources and the desires of some/many to 'preserve everything'
    • Address copyright constraints
    • Address versioning (preserve versions of an artifact when appropriate)
    • Address methods for determining when a set of preserved materials should be deaccessioned
    • Provide for notification of appropriate, interested individuals and communities when a digital collection's sustainability or accessibility is threatened
    • Preserve materials in conformity with broadly accepted standards, such as ISO's OAIS (Open Archive Information System) standard
    • Preserve materials in such a way that they can be found when needed (cf. "Discover" and "Annotate" theme groups)
    • Preserve materials such that appropriate access controls are in-place
    • Preserve context, accommodating ambiguous (fuzzy) context
    • Avoid needless duplication of digital resources when preserving materials
    • Migrate digital materials from deprecated (or soon-to-be-deprecated) to supported formats, for which tools and practices will continue to exist that render the digital record for human comprehension
    • Migrate digital materials from deprecated (or soon-to-be-deprecated) to supported storage technologies (e.g., repositories, databases)