Case study: the University of Glasgow’s digital preservation journey 2017-2019

Spence, A. , McCutcheon, V. and Mahon, M. (2019) Case study: the University of Glasgow’s digital preservation journey 2017-2019. Insights, 32(10), pp. 1-9. (doi: 10.1629/uksg.461)

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This case study documents the University of Glasgow’s digital preservation journey during 2017 and 2018. The University recognized that action was required to ensure the long-term preservation of key corporate records and archival material. Staff from the University’s Digital Preservation Working Group were therefore tasked with identifying the University’s priorities and requirements for preserving its key records, with the aim of producing recommendations for a preservation programme. Knowledge and skills were enhanced by participating in a national digital preservation pilot project and learning from practitioners through workshops and information exchange. The case study shares our reflections on the questions which emerged about metadata, workflows and integrating systems. A key priority will be to engage the support of key decision makers within the University, as it was emphasized repeatedly that successful digital preservation depends as much on resources and organizational strategy as it does on technology. Two of the authors have a particular interest in terminology and we share our work to examine digital preservation’s confusing and obscure vocabulary. We conclude that transforming digital preservation into standard practice within organizations can best be achieved through continued collaboration within the digital preservation community.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by funding from Jisc award number 4811.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Spence, Miss Alison and McCutcheon, Miss Valerie and Mahon, Mr Matt
Creator Roles:
Spence, A.Investigation, Writing – original draft
McCutcheon, V.Project administration, Supervision, Funding acquisition, Writing – review and editing
Mahon, M.Investigation, Writing – review and editing
Authors: Spence, A., McCutcheon, V., and Mahon, M.
College/School:University Services > Library and Collection Services > Library
Journal Name:Insights
Publisher:Ubiquity Press
ISSN (Online):2048-7754
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Alison Spence, Valerie McCutcheon and Matt Mahon
First Published:First published in Insights 32(10):1-9
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
3058910Lab NotebooksValerie McCutcheonJoint Information Systems Committee (JISC)4811US - Library Operations