7 March 2012 to 8 March 2012
Hallam Conference Centre
Hallam Conference Centre
44 Hallam Street
The aim of this 2-day workshop is to assess the potential and practicalities of using cloud-based solutions for the curation and long-term preservation of digital materials, focusing particularly on data that originates from research or that supports research processes.
In recent years the hype around cloud computing as a route to delivering a dazzling array of services has (to quote Gartner) been 'deafening'. But much of the focus has been on using cloud infrastructure to create, process and analyse data, often in relation to business information and in the context of either the virtualisation and green ICT agendas, or for the purpose of providing flexible computational capacity for actively undertaking research work. There has been less opportunity to consider the potential of this technology to address the data curation and long-term preservation needs of researchers and research organisations. Especially in light of emerging UK government-led directives on ensuring long-term open access to publicly funded research, it is more important than ever that organisations have a clear sense of all the choices that are available to them when investing in this critical area.
The aim of this 2-day workshop is to assess the potential and practicalities of using cloud-based solutions for the curation and long-term preservation of digital materials, focusing particularly on data that originates from research or that supports research processes. What will particularly be of value is to engage stakeholders from a number of different types and scales of organisations, encompassing those that are able to rely on established and joined-up institutional infrastructures; alongside those who may have more fragmented or immature local measures in place to manage data.
Presentations, panels and breakout style sessions will provide delegates with a number of different ways of engaging with the topic during the workshop.
Workshop white paper
To promote discussion at the workshop and to provide a focused objective and outcome for this event, a white paper will be drafted and circulated to all delegates prior to the event. Themes, topics, concerns and directions emerging from the event will be incorporated into a second draft of the white paper, the objective of which is ultimately to inform both future funding decisions on the part of infrastructure providers (e.g. Jisc), and policy and strategy within institutions.
Wednesday 7 March
Session 1 - Why focus on cloud computing for curation?
13.35 - Cloud computing and research - a Jisc view
13.40 - Cloud computing and curation - a Jisc view
13.45 - Curation in the Cloud - Draft White Paper
14.00 - Response to White Paper/Case Study
14.15 - Cultural Heritage Perspective
14.45 - Large-scale storage and curation
15.15 - Q&A and discussion
15.30 - Break
16.00 - Panel session and general discussion - What do we need and can the cloud provide it?
Dave Tarrant (Southampton), John Zubrzycky (BBC), Alex Wade (Microsoft)
17.00 - Day 1 close
Thursday 8 March
Session 2 - implementation, technologies and standards
09.15 - Day 2 introduction
09.30 - Kindura project
09.40 - DuraCloud
10.00 - Hydra Project and Fedora User Group (UK & Ireland)
10.20 - UK LOCKSS Alliance
10.30 - iRODS and standards
10.40 - Eduserv UMF Cloud Initiative
10.50 - Break
11.10 - Breakout discussions - groups to formulate advice to senior management on curation solutions and implementations in the cloud
12.45 - Lunch
Session 3 - Business models and sustainability
13.45 - Recent work on sustainability strategies and tactics
14.00 - The business case for digital preservation
14.15 - DuraSpace and sustainability
14.30 - Panel session and general discussion - are cloud solutions here to stay?
Chair: Paul Walk (UKOLN), David Giaretta (APA), Andy Powell (Eduserv), Omer Rana (Cardiff), Shan Rahulan (Janet)
15.00 - Wrap-up session and White Paper review
15.30 - Event close
Who should attend
Invited participants (i.e. presenters, panelists and/or delegates) will include:
- active researchers
- digital curation and preservation experts
- representatives of funding organisations
- research infrastructure and cloud solution providers
- Curation in the cloud white paper (final version)
- Curation in the cloud draft white paper
- Digital preservation in the cloud: a cultural heritage perspective
- Universal access to all knowledge
- Kindura: Hybrid cloud repository
- Cloud preservation experiences
- Hull's Fedora and Hydra perspective
- iRODS and Standards
- Recent work on sustainability strategies and tactics
- Spruce project
- Open source sustainability