tion of recommendations.
DIGICULT FORUM: technology watch
and tutorials on the field; contribution
of technology specifications for a research
agenda; creation of an `Action in the
Preservation of Memory' section in the
PRESTOSPACE: technology specifications
for a research agenda for audio and video
archives; production of recommendations.
Meeting in collaboration with the FIAT
annual conference, on `technical specifica-
tions and system architecture for an audio-
visual integrated preservation system',
October 2004, Marseille.
MINERVA: data collection infrastructure
for accumulation of good practice experi-
ence; training trials on the long-term sus-
tainability of digitised scientific and
cultural objects in cooperation with
ERPANET and DELOS.
ACTION AREA 3: LONG-TERM POLICIES
ack of clear reference policies and
responsibilities today is a serious risk
in the future preservation of our memory.
The expert group will stimulate
national/sectoral authorities in order to
develop digital preservation policies,
research/training programmes and trials as
appropriate. In particular, the legal frame-
work for electronic resources/records col-
lections and deposits may be incomplete,
not only for libraries and archives but also
for e-government, for education, for
research and other environments of our
information society.The adoption of a
common agenda could be instrumental in
catalysing national efforts on a coordinated
framework at the European level and
investment in collaborative public/private
· Identify reference actors, within the
Member States, to act as coordinating
bodies for national initiatives and to
PRESTOSPACE: workshops or seminars
or events organisation on the field; annual
state-of-the-art on digital preservation for
audio-video archives.Workshop on `user
requirements for audio-visual preserva-
tion', March 2004, Amsterdam.
ACTION AREA 2: EXCHANGE GOOD
PRACTICE AND DEVELOP A COMMON
POINT OF VIEW
ata collection on current practices,
and selection and promotion of good
practice are necessary steps to enable the
sharing of progress and to develop a com-
mon knowledge basis on suitable
approaches and technologies.The focus
here is to identify weak or underdeveloped
areas of practice. Lessons already learned
from examples of good practice must feed
into tutorials and papers (e.g. on digital
collections, trusted repositories, metadata,
IPR, selection criteria, and Web archiving)
and must be the basis for specifying a
`European interoperable platform'.
· `State-of-the-art' on existing initiatives,
good practice selection and promotion.
· Technology watch reports on emerging
· Propose a research agenda on technolog-
ical priorities and challenges about digi-
· Training (skills) initiatives and
· Issues of stakeholders/users.
ERPANET and DELOS
ERPANET: data collection and analysis to
identify good practices: description and
analysis of single and collective case studies
and creation of erpaTools; promotion of
erpaAdvisory services; inform the preserva-
tion research agenda (see below).
DELOS: continued review and coordina-
tion of the NSF/DELOS Digital
Preservation and Archiving research agen-
da; studies and papers on the field; produc-
implications and responsibilities which
must now be addressed, and who is
responsible for finding solutions for digital
ACTION AREA 1: CREATE AWARENESS &
he first step is to build community
and consensus, focussing initially on
decision-makers.The expert group will
work with user communities to capture
their requirements and suggestions and
develop suitable approaches to address
those needs.They will build consensus
beyond the current audience, towards pro-
fessional bodies and establish cooperation
with other initiatives in the field. The
expert group will report regularly on
progress and planning.
· Workgroup activity and events, e.g.
workshops, seminars, papers, helpdesk
and electronic fora;
· Report of activity to NRG every six
ERPANET: coordination and Web servic-
es for the expert group including forum,
projects and literature assessment, the
help-desk advisory service, erpaEprints;
workshops on `trusted digital depositories'
(Rome, November 2003); seminar on `sci-
entific digital objects' (Lisbon, December
2003); publication of the workshops' and
seminars' final reports.
MINERVA: network of the national rep-
resentatives for promotion and for data
collection; workshops or seminars or
events organisation on the field like
Bibliocom on 30 October; NRG report
by the end of 2003 including a slot to
present progress of the initiative.
DELOS: annual digital preservation sum-
mer school; annual state-of-the-art studies
from the digital memory preservation