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Chronicles in Preservation Project Wiki

In May 2011, the Educopia Institute (host for the MetaArchive Cooperative), with the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the libraries of University of North Texas, Penn State, Virginia Tech, University of Utah, Georgia Tech, Boston College, and Clemson University, announced that they received $300,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Chronicles in Preservation project will study, document, and model the use of data preparation and distributed digital preservation frameworks to collaboratively preserve digitized and born-digital newspaper collections.

This three-year project will result in guidelines for preparing digital newspaper collections for preservation, interoperability tools to facilitate the exchange of these newspaper collections between repositories, and a comparative analysis of the strengths and challenges of three distinct DDP frameworks (MetaArchive-LOCKSS, Chronopolis-iRODS, UNT-CODA).

Grant Submission Materials

Project Calendar

Meeting Notes

2012 Meetings

2013 Meetings

Grant Deliverables

The Chronicles in Preservation project has three major research and development outcomes that require timely and thorough evaluation: the Guidelines, the Comparative Analysis, and Interoperability Tools. Workspaces for draft documents and links to any future software tools will be available on the pages listed below:

Grant Research

Born-Digital News Research

Chronicles Committee

The Chronicles Committee is comprised of partner institutions with digital newspaper holdings being contributed to the project evaluation. Each project partner has committed to assigning one or more of their staff members as a Chronicles Committee for the project. Chronicles Committee members and related staff from each partner institution will hold regularly scheduled conference calls to address technical and organizational issues. All Chronicles Committee members will assign additional staff to the project to assist with collection preservation readiness preparation.

  1. Kenning Arlitsch (Univ. of Utah)
  2. Bill Donovan (Boston College)
  3. Mike Furlough (Penn State)
  4. Cathy Hartman (UNT)
  5. Gail McMillan (VA Tech)
  6. David Minor (Chronopolis)
  7. Jody Thompson (GA Tech)
  8. Chris Vinson (Clemson)
  9. Tyler Walters (VA Tech)

Advisory Group

The project includes four Advisors (and one unassigned advisor) who are recognized experts in the field of newspaper digitization. These Advisors will help the Chronicles Committee outline and draft the Guidelines to Preservation Readiness for Digital Newspaper Collections. They will also evaluate the interoperability tools development plan and the preservation readiness plans for each partner and will review the Guidelines prior to its public release.

  1. Liz Bishoff (Bishoff Group)
  2. Robert Horton (Minnesota HS)
  3. Sue Kellerman (Penn State)
  4. Mary Molinaro (Univ. of Kentucky)
  • Unassigned Advisor: Frederick Zarndt

Project Staff

  1. Katherine Skinner (PI)
  2. Matt Schultz (Project Manager)
  3. Martin Halbert (Content Advisor)
  4. Mark Phillips (Technical Advisor)
  5. Gail McMillan (Sustainability Advisor)
  6. Hannah Tarver (Metadata Advisor)
  7. Stephen Eisenhauer (Programmer & System Administrator)
  8. Colin Brittle - (Data Wrangler)
  9. Stephen Eisenhauer - (Software Engineer)

Getting started

Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.

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