It’s an exciting possibility that arts repositories will not be the same as conventional institutional repositories. That will also bring new challenges in terms of managing data today and tomorrow, and it’s why Kultur is an important exemplar for the KeepIt project.
I discovered some of those challenges when I first met Jess Crilly and Andrew Gray, who manage the UAL Kultur repository. It was something of a fortunate coincidence that on the same day self-styled (and now ex-) repository rat Dorothea Salo offered a slide show on IRs for digital arts and humanities, from a data curation summer school.
I fully recommend Dorthea’s slideshow. It’s not just about arts and humanities, but many of the issues raised by Jess and Andrew chime with Dorothea’s points.
It’s also a good antidote to the digital preservation propaganda (scary, expensive) I warned about in my recent presentation at the project meeting. Dorothea is much more reasoned and practical.
So that makes the project easy, because now we know all about repository preservation. Actually, it’s a good starting point. At least we know what the problems are, but what do we do next? If the KeepIt repositories are to become true exemplars they have to show what needs to be done going forward. Ultimately all repositories will have to deal with and overcome slide 47. As Dorothea frequently says, good luck with that!
Don’t forget to see the comments on EPrints added to the original Slideshare version. EPrints is not as limited on formats and user interface as the presentation suggests, but most EPrints users will know that already.