I would like to second this suggestion. Preserving relational databases,
and how to make them available for access is an issue that we've been
wrestling with at the National Archives for a couple of years as well. I
would love to participate in any discussion or work groups that might
result from this topic within the NDSA.


Kevin McCarthy
Computer Scientist
National Archives and Records Administration
Electronic Records Archives (ERA)
8601 Adelphi Rd. Room B530
College Park, MD 20740-6001
(301) 837-1657
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On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 9:21 AM, Jennie Anne Levine Knies <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Cathy, and all,
> One suggestion that we are currently grappling with at UMD is preservation
> of relational databases and their content. The usual suggestions involve
> flattening files, converting data, etc. but we are finding that in most
> cases, the interface and relations are really key to understanding the
> database, and we don't have adequate solutions for that. I suspect that
> this is a format type that probably falls within any other broader content
> group (they can be found in research data, websites, electronic records,
> etc.).  So I am not sure if that suggestion is too specific/format-based?
> But if not, I could work on some draft text.
> Jennie
> ~*~
> Jennie Levine Knies
> Manager, Digital Programs and Initiatives
> Digital Systems and Stewardship
> B0223 McKeldin Library
> University of Maryland
> College Park, MD 20742
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> Tel: 301-314-2558
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> On 3/7/14, 2:37 PM, "Hartman, Cathy" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >Hello Content WG Members,
> >As you probably have heard, the NDSA leadership group is working on the
> >next edition of the National Agenda for Digital Stewardship.  The Content
> >WG contributes to the report by bringing up important, at-risk content
> >that should be part of our national focus for preservation in the coming
> >year/s.  We need to:
> >
> >1)Suggest any new content areas we think need to be added:  Two areas
> >suggested at this time are digital art and software.  Trevor Owens at LC
> >has suggested text for software that I include below for your review.  We
> >hope that some of you involved in preservation of digital art will help
> >us draft text for this section.  Please contact Abbie and/or me if you
> >can help with this, or even better, post suggested text to the list.
> >Maybe Ben at ArtBase or other WG members who work with digital art can
> >help with this.  Also, are there other content types you would like
> >included?
> >
> >2)Expand on, or dive deeper into, one or more of the content types
> >included in last year's report:  We covered electronic records, moving
> >image and recorded sound, web and social media, and research data.  We
> >need your suggestions for these content types and would greatly
> >appreciate some draft text that dives more deeply into the specific
> >problems of one of these content types.
> >
> >We hope you can spend a few minutes and contribute to this development
> >for the National Agenda.  Contributions by the end of March would be
> >greatly appreciated.
> >
> >Trevor's text for software preservation is a good example of what we need.
> >_______________
> >Software Preservation
> >Software is simultaneously a baseline infrastructure and a mode of
> >creative expression. It is both the key to accessing and making sense of
> >digital objects and an increasingly important historical artifact in its
> >own right. When historians write the social, political, economic and
> >cultural history of the 21st century they will need to consult the
> >software of the times. As such, it is essential that the digital
> >stewardship continue to make strides to ensure long term access to
> >software.
> >
> >Much of the ground work for preservation in this area was laid in the
> >preserving virtual worlds NDIIPP funded initiative. With that noted, this
> >has moved from an area of research interest into a place in which
> >considerable, progress has been made but which is ripe for considerable
> >collection and infrastructure development. The work of the National
> >Software Reference Library and its partnership with Stanford University
> >to preserve The Stephen M. Cabrinety Collection in the History of
> >Microcomputing illustrates how partnerships can help to get disk image
> >copies of historical software.  With that noted, as Matthew Kirschenbaum
> >notes in An Executable Past: The Case for a National Software Registry
> >there are also critical reasons for the collection of source code as
> >well. Beyond this, connected to the development of emulation platforms
> >(like JSMESS and Olive Library), we are rapidly approaching a world in
> >which it will be possible to make historical software collections
> >replay-able over the web.
> >
> >
> >1.
> >
> >t-scale-an-interview-with-henry-lowood/
> >
> >2.
> >
> >rt_final101813.pdf
> >____________________
> >
> >Your contributions would be greatly appreciated!
> >
> >Abbie and Cathy
> >_________________
> >Cathy N. Hartman
> >Associate Dean of Libraries
> >University of North Texas
> >940-565-3269
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> >
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