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Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) Meeting, May 22-24, Washington, DC

From Art Pasquinelli, Director Digital Libraries, Repositories, and Preservation, Oracle
Redwood City, CA The final agenda for the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) Conference to be held May 22-24, 2013 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC is available. Any further revisions will be posted on the registration website:

The early bird special PASIG Conference rate is $345.00 prior to April 12 and $395.00 afterwards. Please note that there is a very limited block of contracted rooms still remaining at the Washington Court Hotel for the negotiated $239 room rate.

We would like to thank the speakers, agenda steering committee members, and the sponsoring organizations; Oracle, EVault, and Discovery Garden. If you want to contribute as a sponsor, please contact Art Pasquinelli ( and Tom Cramer ( asap.

I. Workshops:

There will be free workshops on Tuesday, May 21 at the
hotel which can be signed up for on the registration website:

1) Oracle Technology Day: This is a free, full-day event and is open to Oracle customers, prospects, employees, and partners. Technology experts will focus on Oracle a) products relevant to PASIG attendees, b) strategic positioning, c) tiered architectures, d) Big Data, records, and unstructured content management solutions, and e) database features for permanent access. 

2) Morning half-day Islandora Workshop: The Islandora project
( is growing steadily, with new functionality added with each release. The project has also grown beyond the traditional library borders, especially when it comes to the stewardship of research data. Islandora provides integration between Fedora and Drupal, with custom solution packs to address the needs of multiple data types and collections. This session will review the project's development and current features, examples of productions sites, an update on the
community and membership, as well as provide guidance for basic installation and configuration.

Speaker Bio: Mark Leggott is the founder of the Islandora project and the University Librarian for the University of Prince Edward Island. He has spoken at a number of conferences and is the founder of the SAAS company (Discovery Garden Inc.), providing services around Islandora software. Agenda:

8:00 AM- 9:00 AM- Continental Breakfast and Introductions
9:00 AM- 9:30 AM- Introduction to the Islandora Project
9:30 AM- 10:30 AM- Islandora and Digital Library Collections: PDF,
Images, Audio, Video
10:30 AM- 11:00 AM - Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM - Islandora - Preservation and Research Data Platform

3) Afternoon half-day Digital Preservation Network (DPN) meeting: The Digital Preservation Network (DPN) is being built to serve as a preservation backbone for digital information for research and scholarship. It knits together a handful of large-scale preservation repositories, which provide reciprocal, "dark" archiving services to each other. Together, the DPN Nodes form a heterogeneous network of secure, trustworthy digital archives, each operated under diverse geographical, organizational, financial, and technical regimes. Robust (bit) auditing and repair functions ensure the fixity of content over time. Intellectual property agreements ensure the succession of rights to use of the content through the Network in the event of dissolution or divestment of content by the original depositor and/or archive. This half-day session will provide a deep-dive into the DPN design, architecture and service model. DPN member organizations are especially encouraged to send technical representatives to this interactive workshop, to review, discuss and help season the emerging framework with DPN's core technical team.

II. Participating organizations include:

North America

AudioVisual Preservation Solution
The American Institute of Architects
California Digital Library
City U. New York
Drexel U
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Library of Congress
Major League Baseball
National Science Foundation
University of Oklahoma Libraries
Princeton U.
UC San Diego
Smithsonian Institution
Stanford U.
SUNY Binghamton
Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC)
Truman Technologies
USC Digital Repository
U. Chicago Library
U. Maryland
U. Prince Edwards Island
U. Rochester
U. Virginia
U. Wisconsin
Virginia Tech


FIZ Karlsruhe
Municipality of Matungao
New Zealand National Library
Open Planets Foundation
PrestoCentre Foundation


PASIG Day 1: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

8:30 AM

Digital Preservation Bootcamp -- Optional Session

Training in concepts, issues, tools, strategies & approaches for Digital Preservation and Archiving. This half day block of training sessions will focus on an introduction to the field and needs in digital preservation, and give attendees a foundation of concepts, terminology, standards and tools used broadly in the field. This half day of "Digital Preservation 101" is open to practitioners of all levels, but will be targeted specifically for those looking to gain exposure to the field.

Digital Preservation 101: The Theory and Practice - Tom Cramer, Chief Technology Strategist & Associate Director, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford University

Digital Preservation Trends and Issues - Leslie Johnston, Acting Director, National Digital Information infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), Library of Congress

Best Practices in Preserving Common Content Types
• Images: Robert Buckley, University of Rochester
• Media: Kara Van Malssen, Senior Consultant, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions
• Preservation of Legacy Wordstar Documents: Jay Gattuso, Digital Preservation Analyst, National Library of New Zealand
• Systems Design Principles for Digital Preservation Systems - Stephen Abrams, Associate Director, UC Curation Center, California Digital Library
• PREMIS - Preservation Actions and Metadata Action - TBD

Noon, Registration & Lunch

1:00 PM

PASIG Begins: Welcome

Welcome & Introduction to PASIG -- Art Pasquinelli, Director, Repositories and Preservation, Oracle

Agenda Review and Invitation to Participate -- Tom Cramer, Chief Technology Strategist & Associate Director, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford University

1:15 PM

Long-term Digital Preservation Storage Futures

A state-of-the-art review of storage technology and industry trends with a focus on applying these developments to the unique needs of digital preservation and archiving, and systems at scale. This session will feature a nuts-and-bolts review of the realities of integrating with cloud-based stores for digital preservation systems: what are the realities of getting content in, managing it once there, and then getting it out again.

• A Report on the Annual LoC Storage Meeting and LoC Storage Directions - Thomas Youkel,
Library of Congress
• Storage Trends and LTFS - Chris Wood, Director, Axiom Product Management, Oracle
• Storage Modelling for the Cloud, Technical and Economic Issues - Tom Creighton,
CTO, FamilySearch
• Glacier Unveiled, Andrew Woods, DuraSpace
• Cloud Preservation Services, Amar Kapadia, Senior Director, E-Vault

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM, BREAK

3:30 PM

Preservation Research, Breakthroughs and Futures

Current developments and trends in digital preservation research and practice; an opportunity to engage in technology transfer from researchers to practitioners and industry.

• Information Retention: A Database Perspective - Kevin Jernigan, Oracle
• The Digital Preservation Network (DPN): Architecture and Preservation Services in a National Network - TBD
• Organizing Knowledge Initiative, IASA-OK - Guy Marechal, Senior Adviser, TITAN

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Introductions, Matchmaking & Breakout Scheduling

"Minute Madness" introductions of attendees (optional), laying out who is participating in the meeting, what they're hoping to get out of the meeting, and some on-the-fly matchmaking of attendees with like interests.

6:00 PM Evening Reception

PASIG Day 2: Thursday, May 23, 2013

9:00 AM

Preservation & Archiving Architectures and Operations: Practitioners Knowledge Exchange

Structured presentation and comparison of preservation systems design and operation. Detailed overviews of PASIG community members' systems, operating practices, and lessons learned, with an emphasis on digital preservation from different vertical domains (e.g., education, research, energy, health care, aerospace, etc.)

• Architecture for Data Integrity - Scott Rife, Library of Congress
• U. Southern California Digital Repository - Sam Gustman, Associate Dean and Chief Technology Officer, USC Libraries and USC Shoah Foundation Institute
• Preservation and access Infrastructure Case Study of Major League Baseball - Dirk Van Dall, VP Multimedia Technology Development, MLB Advanced Media

10:15 AM -- 10:45 AM BREAK

10:45 AM

Lightning Talks

Participatory presentations on late breaking developments, compelling breakthroughs or burning issues from the PASIG Community

11:30 AM BREAK / Poster Session Mixer

Noon Lunch

1:00 PM

Domain Deep Dive: Audiovisual Media Preservation

An exploration into the unique requirements and successful strategies of media preservation. The long-term preservation of digital audiovisual media presents a range of complex technological, organizational, and standards-related issues. This recurring PASIG session organized by the PrestoCentre Foundation, will focus on research efforts, technological solutions and practical challenges in audiovisual preservation. The session targets both media owners and service providers.

• Marius Snyders, Managing Director, PrestoCentre Foundation
• Reconsidering Checksums for Audiovisual Preservation - Dave Rice, Archivist,
City University of New York
• The Cost of Inaction - Chris Lacinak, President, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions
• Islandora as a Video/Audio Preservation Framework - Mark Leggott, Islandora Founder
and University Librarian, University of Prince Edward Island

2:30 PM  - 3:00 PM BREAK

3:00 PM

Deep Dive: Fixity Best Practices

Fixity services are fundamental to digital preservation---they underpin bit level preservation. Proven best practices in fixity auditing and repair are much harder to identify, though, and best practices vary based on storage media (disk, tape or cloud). This panel will give an overview of different approaches and identify best practices best on actual operating experiences. (4x12 min with 12 min discussion)

• Facilitator: Tom Creighton, CTO, FamilySearch
• Securing and Scaling Fixity Checking - Mike Smorul, Lead Programmer, ADAPT Project,
UMIACS, U. Maryland
• Jay Gattuso, Digital Preservation Analyst, National Library of New Zealand
• Tom Wultich, Director, Tape Product Management, Oracle

4:00 PM

Digital Forensics,& Virtualization and Emulation as Feasible and Practical Digital Preservation Solutions

Format migration dominated the early years of digital preservation planning. Virtualization technology made leaps and bounds in the last decade, though, and leveraging emulation for digital preservation has moved from a theoretical possibility to a practical reality by a few pioneering institutions. Using these new solutions will avoid potential format integrity issues associated with format migrations. This presentation
set will provide a 1)demonstration of emulation in action, 2) overview the track record ofdevelopments (especially from Europe) on emulation-for-preservation frameworks, and 3) explore current efforts and emerging opportunities in digital
forensics and emulation for all practitioners.

• Overview - Bram Van Der Werf, Executive Director, Open Planets Foundation
• Effective and Easy Emulation - Ben Fino-Radin, Digital Conservator, Rhizome
• Complex Objects - Natasa Milic-Frayling, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
• Digital Forensics - TBD

Day 3: Friday, May 24, 2012

9:00 AM

Federal Initiatives in Digital Preservation

This panel will review the current practices at three major federal institutions in digital preservation, and provide a thought on where each is going individually, and the direction of digital preservation on a national scale. With invited speakers from the Library of Congress, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian.

• Planning for Archiving, Thornton Staples, Smithsonian Museum
• Federal Agency Digitization Guidelines Initiative - Carl Fleischhauer, Library of Congress
• National Science Foundation Update - Myron Gutmann, NSF_/*

*/_10:00 AM --- 10:30 AM BREAK

10:45 AM

Preservation of Research Data

Demonstration of current live projects of preserving research data in action.

• Preservation and Curation of University Research Data - David Minor, Interim Head,
Research Data Curation Program UCSD Library
• A Multi-Campus Infrastructure for Research Data Management, Preservation and
Access - Chris Jordan, Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC)
• Datanet Project Update - Jim Myer, SEAD RPI
• Preserving Research Data, Jacob Farmer, CTO, Cambridge Computers


Oracle Technology Day will be held on May 21, 2013, Washington Court Hotel, Washington, D.C.