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Title: From Preserving the Past to Preserving the Future: The Data-PASS Project and the Challenges of Preserving Digital Social Science Data
Author(s): Gutmann, Myron P.; Abrahamson, Mark; Adams, Margaret O.; Altman, Micah; Arms, Caroline R.; Bollen, Kenneth; Carlson, Michael; Crabtree, Jonathan; Donakowski, Darrell; King, Gary; Lyle, Jared; Maynard, Marc; Pienta, Amy; Rockwell, Richard; Timms-Ferrara, Lois; Young, Copeland H.
Subject(s): Digital preservation National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) Social science data
Abstract: Social science data are an unusual part of the past, present, and future of digital preservation. They are both an unqualified success, due to long-lived and sustainable archival organizations, and in need of further development because not all digital content is being preserved. This article is about the Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS), a project supported by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), which is a partnership of five major U.S. social science data archives. Broadly speaking, Data-PASS has the goal of ensuring that at-risk social science data are identified, acquired, and preserved, and that we have a future-oriented organization that could collaborate on those preservation tasks for the future. Throughout the life of the Data-PASS project we have worked to identify digital materials that have never been systematically archived, and to appraise and acquire them. As the project has progressed, however, it has increasingly turned its attention from identifying and acquiring legacy and at-risk social science data to identifying ongoing and future research projects that will produce data. This article is about the project’s history, with an emphasis of the issues that underlay the transition from looking backward to looking forward.
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In Library trends 57 (3) Winter 2009: 315-337.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/13593
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2009 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-03-15
 

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