APARSEN partners to build European centre of excellence for digital preservation

Article dated: 13 June 2012

The UK Data Archive is joining 29 partners across the UK and Europe to build a long-lived virtual centre of digital preservation excellence. APARSEN

The Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science Network (APARSEN) is a new network of excellence that is bringing together an extremely diverse set of practitioner organisations and researchers to focus on promoting and supporting the spread of digital preservation best practice.

The network will focus in four key areas:

  • Access: maintaining access through persistent identifiers and citability, data policies, governance and digital rights
  • Usability: exploring interoperability, intelligibility and scalability to keep data and digital objects useable in the long-term
  • Trust: work on testing environments, authenticity and provenance, annotation and data quality and repository certification
  • Sustainability: building sustainable respositories through cost/benefit analysis, preservation services, storage and business cases

UK partners in this work include the Digital Preservation Coalition, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, The British Library and technology consultants Tessella. European partners are from the European Space Agency, CERN, and IBM Israel, among many others.