SPEC Kit 325: Digital Preservation · 51
Research data or datasets Data sharing and preservation has become a requirement for most researchers at
our university. In particular, investigators for NSF grants are expected to share with
other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time,
the primary data, samples, physical collections, and other supporting materials
created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected
to encourage and facilitate such sharing. Our digital preservation platform for
data is being positioned as a solution these researchers can use to satisfy NSF
Research data or datasets [No description provided.]
Still images Large number of institutionally created and externally created image collections,
hosted on a homegrown digital repository called DLXS, which was designed in the
early 90s and has been continually updated over time.
Web-harvested materials The web is fast becoming our primary, world-wide publishing platform. Publishing
innovation, creativity, and current reporting are moving to the Web and
disappearing from print. Websites and related social media are often the only outlets
for important cultural and historical information, e.g., in the area of human rights.
Unless we successfully and continuously harvest, preserve, and make available key
web content, signiﬁcant chunks of history and culture will evaporate before our eyes
(and in fact already have).
Archives’ dark archive Archives’ dark archive: restricted-access instance of DSpace used to preserve
and provide access to digital content for reference purposes (for example, master
images, audio, video, access copies of the same, material withdrawn from IR for
legal or permissions reasons).
Books digitized from our collection Brittle books that can no longer be used and are not yet digitized by others.
Born-digital content Such as documents associated with a 2009 flood of our campus and surrounding
areas. The digital ﬁle is the master and loss would be permanent.
Converted materials: analog to digital Some physical materials need to be preserved digitally because of the nature of
condition of the originals. We are scanning existing materials and preserving them
Digital audio recordings, transcripts, and
Archival versions of the audio, transcript, and supporting documentation for the
interviews recorded digitally by Southern Oral History Program interviewers.
Faculty scholarly publications Published faculty research. To provide a record of the university’s success meeting
the research and dissemination of information aspects of its mission.