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Preserve objects of scholarly interest


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Preserving objects of cultural interest to arts and humanities scholars has been a central activity of libraries, museums, and collectors for centuries. Capability to preserve cultural objects in digital formats - addressing storage capacity; accessibility; and frequent churn in digital formats, media, and tools that turn bits into humanly-recognizable artifacts -- is a core requirement of digital scholarship.




Proposed/originated by:

Steve Masover

UC Berkeley

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What tools, standards, organizations, or efforts exist in this area of scholarly practice?


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"DSpace captures your data in any format - in text, video, audio, and data. It distributes it over the web. It indexes your work, so users can search and retrieve your items. It preserves your digital work over the long term." (quoted by Steve Masover)

Fedora Commons

"Fedora Commons provides sustainable technologies to create, manage, publish, share and preserve digital content as a basis for intellectual, organizational, scientific and cultural heritage [...]" (quoted by Steve Masover)


"Nuxeo 5 is a robust, extensible, global, standards-based Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution available as Open Source Software (OSS). Nuxeo 5 is based on other open source software, notably from the Apache Foundation, the JBoss Group (a division of Red Hat) and the Eclipse Foundation, and developed in a truly open manner." (quoted by Steve Masover on referral from Patrick Schmitz)


An OASIS Charter Proposal for Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS)  submitted on 10 Sep 2008 is intended to allow content management systems from different vendors to interact, providing greater flexibility for enterprise customers. Proposers included folks from EMC, IBM, Oracle, OpenText, Alfresco, and Microsoft. In the current scope it is not intended to cover Digital Asset Management use cases, but is probably worth paying attention to. (posted by Steve Masover on referral from Patrick Schmitz)

CMIS Charter Proposal

What tools, standards, organizations, or efforts are missing from this area of scholarly practice?


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What part of this area of scholarly practice is within Project Bamboo scope, and why?


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Why is it in scope?

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What part of this area of scholarly practice is outside Project Bamboo scope, and why?


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Why is it out of scope?

Building repository infrastructure (Steve Masover)

Building repository systems that perform the basic functions of storing digital objects.

This is a well-populated area of work (cf. dspace and fedora-commons) that Bamboo doesn't need to replicate


References (e.g., material from Workshop 1 notes or flipcharts)


  • "scholarship in hum. is seen as cumulative.  tool building and use which is not cumulative is problematic" (ex. 3 scribe notes, 1d-F)
  • "publishing was in two forms, books and articles.  now there's creation of databases.  story of a colleague with db of 5000 women writers in china, with references to the writings.  new librarian decides 'we don't want to support this'.  what's the clearinghouse to support dissemination if a project loses support?  we need to solve the dissemination problem." (ex. 3 scribe notes, 1d-F)
  • "Finding a secure, persistent place for storing resources [...] Should be like Library of Congress" (ex. 2 scribe notes, 1a-B)
  • "How can PB manage/refere[e] ownership/responsibility issues for the sustainability of the enterprise?" (ex 1 scribe notes, 1b-B)
  • "we would like to hang on to everything for posterity, but that sticks posterity with the problem of picking out what's valuable ... letting a thousand flowers bloom vs. existence of evaluative criteria"(ex. 5 scribe notes, 1b-B)

Steve Masover

Cathy Marshall's paper From Writing and Analysis to the Repository: Taking the Scholars' Perspective on Scholarly Archiving"focuses on the kinds of artifacts the researchers create in the process of writing a paper, how they exchange and store materials over the short term, how they handle references and bibliographic resources, and the strategies they use to guarantee the long term safety of their scholarly materials. The findings reveal: (1) the adoption of a new CIM infrastructure relies crucially on whether it compares favorably to email along six critical dimensions; (2) personal scholarly archives should be maintained as a side-effect of collaboration and the role of ancillary material such as datasets remains to be worked out; and (3) it is vital to consider agency when we talk about depositing new types of scholarly materials into disciplinary repositories."

Steve Masover

Steve Masover

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  1. Unknown User (

    As a Librarian new to the Project Bamboo community, the concept of digital repositories and archiving of knowledge is an important one to consider.  Just as there is no single bibliographic database or image database, there won't be a single digital repository - but what are the implications for future generations?  How are we archiving and recording knowledge created in digital formats to assure access 10, 20 or 100 years from now?  Libraries have always played a role in this arena and I would be interested in hearing from others in the profession on this topic?

    Jane Carlin

    Director, Collins Memorial Library - University of Puget Sound

  2. Unknown User (nls36)

    Could we approach some of the key advocacy agencies for digital preservation to help shape the digital preservation strategy for Bamboo?

    Within the UK the two key agencies which help to co-ordinate policy and implementation advice and guidance are:

    Digital Preservation Coalition- Strategic advocacy body working at international level
    UK agency with Open University (Associate Member), Cambridge University and Oxford University full membership:

    Digital Curation Centre, full members of the DPC

    "The purpose of our centre is to provide a national focus for research and development into curation issues and to promote expertise and good practice, both national and international, for the management of all research outputs in digital format"