The next APTrust full membership meeting will take place on Monday, May 5, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. More information will follow as we get closer to the date. May 5 is one day before the Association of Research Libraries meeting.
News & Events
Sixteen Academic Preservation Trust institutional partners – 54 people in total — met on October 8th at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to welcome new members, to receive reports on the progress of building a communal preservation repository, and to make strides in developing governance, identifying content, and creating cost models, work flows, specifications, and a timeline. See the Oct 8 agenda.
At the end of the day, members agreed to make plans to seek TRAC certification and to concentrate on preservation strategies, keeping access services to consider at a later date.
Pat Steele, Chair, APTrust Board, welcomed the University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, Indiana University, University of Miami, and Virginia Tech University as new partners and recognized the deans and staff attending the conference.
Scott Turnbull, APTrust lead engineer, gave an overview of technology achievements since the last meeting and provided a timeline for implementation in 2014. Scott’s slides are available on this website.
Before the fall meeting, members were asked to submit their “top ten” collections for deposit in the repository. Greg Raschke (NC State) and Bradley Daigle (UVa) presented an analysis of the collection content as well as the formats selected.
Following a discussion, Greg Jansen (UNC-Chapel Hill) provided an AP Trust Tech Landscape development.
Greg Raschke reported that over the summer the content group focused on two areas. First, they answered questions from the technical group to enable development of version 1.0 functional requirements for content deposit and basic preservation. Second, another group focused on longer-term considerations, issues, and costs associated with potential trusted digital repository and TRAC certification. For the fall, the content group and liaisons are emphas
izing working with APTrust staff to submit initial batches of test content from each member institution, to assess that initial process, and to provide feedback.
The afternoon was devoted to breakout sessions for three groups: the deans, the content and the technology groups, and finally a joint session for the content and technology groups.
The Deans moved from having a governance advisory group to a board and approving the first governance document. Chair Pat Steele will be working with Matthew Dames (Syracuse) to develop By-laws. The deans determined that formal audit and certification will be critical to obtain as soon as feasible. The newly named Content and Certification Advisory Group was charged to develop criteria and a timeline. Martha Sites (UVa) presented documentation of a preliminary cost model based on possible preservation costs. The deans charged APTrust staff with fully developing a business model for the operational stage. Finally, the deans agreed that APTrust should consider additional members if an institution is interested in actively participating in development; at the operational stage APTrust will have another category of membership whereby an institution will pay for preservation storage but not be involved in development.
The technology group discussed BagIt specifications, how to transfer bags to APTrust, fixity management, encryption, scalability, and how to handle specific repository structures. The content group followed up on the “Top Ten” discussion held earlier that morning and also discussed how to develop the necessary workflows at their institutions. Because the two groups overlap and need to know what each one is doing, the last half hour was spent in joint discussion, including how to identify “tombstone” items for DPN.
Each group reported out to everyone during the final hour. The deans had commissioned an APTrust elevator speech so that they could explain what APTrust is to colleagues and various administrators. A live (and lively) enactment was the grand finale with Jim Neal (Columbia) taking the part of a dean and Suzanne Thorin (APTrust) a doubting administrator.
Special thanks to Winston Tabb for his hospitality and to Liz Mengel, who handled all the local arrangements so beautifully. APTrust institutional members agreed to meet just prior to the next ARL meeting, and more information will follow as to time and place.
These are the slides from the Technical Update & Demo presentation from the APTrust Partner meeting on Tuesday October 8th. For questions about this presentation or APTrust Technical development please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff from APTrust member institutions are invited to a one-day partner meeting on Tuesday, October 8. We’ll meet at the Charles Commons, Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland. The meeting is for deans, technical staff, and preservation/digital content staff. Working groups will address preservation service development, technical architecture decisions, and governance and cost models. Details are available on the APTrust Community Page.
We have concluded our national search for program director for Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), and I am pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Thorin as the first APTrust program director.
Formerly the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University, Suzanne brings a passion for scalable, sustainable preservation and a deep background in the business operations of research libraries. She is also on the advisory board of APTrust and is committed to our consortium’s success.
Suzanne is presently researching relationships among research libraries and their leadership in the broader academic community, so her new role will allow her to explore those relationships as she engages library leaders in APTrust.
Suzanne’s distinguished career in two major academic libraries and the Library of Congress makes her an ideal fit for what we are trying to achieve with APTrust. Thanks to Suzanne, Syracuse was an early partner as we were starting the organization. She is passionate about creating a sustainable environment for digital preservation and communicating its value to the broader community. Her extensive managerial experience, deep knowledge of the challenges facing research libraries, and belief in the vision for APTrust will energize and accelerate our plans to make APTrust a trusted preservation solution in which institutions will want to invest.
In addition to Syracuse, Suzanne was University Dean of Libraries at Indiana University, held numerous positions at the Library of Congress, and has taught at Syracuse University’s Information School and in the Simmons College doctoral program. She has been a researcher, writer, lecturer and consultant for library transformation and was appointed by President Obama to the National Board of the Institute for Museum and Library Services in 2012.
Suzanne will begin her role as the APTrust’s program director on August 19, 2013. Please join me in congratulating her and welcoming her to this exciting leadership role.
Join us on Wednesday July 10th at 9:30am for our presentation on APTrust at the Open Repositories 2013 Conference where we’ll present our architecture in more depth and talk about unique aspects of the project aimed at taking advantage of the Fedora 4 architecture.
One of the requests made by APTrust partner community at the annual meeting was to find more effective ways for the virtual community to interact. We’ve launched an APTrust community in Google+ for members to share information, make requests, and stay in touch. You need a Google+ account to join, then go to: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109708124759262196465 and click the join button. Once you’ve joined, it will show up automatically in your Google+ navigation bar.
View the slides from the APTrust presentation given on May 2 at the ARL Spring Member meeting. The slides were followed by a panel discussion of the value of APTrust.
- Sarah Michalak, Associate Provost and University Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University
- Pat Steele, Dean of Libraries, University of Maryland
- Suzanne Thorin, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, Syracuse University
- Diane Parr Walker, Edwin H. Arnold University Librarian, Notre Dame University
Here are the slides presenting the APTrust Phase I Architecture presented at last weeks partner meeting. It features a general look at the components we are developing for our preservation environment through the year. You can see a preview of the slides in the viewer below or click on the Google Drive link to view the full size presentation.
Martha Sites’ article, The APTrust Story, describes the need for an academy-owned solution for digital preservation of academic content, and how APTrust aims to fill that need.