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iPres2014: Preserving Data to Preserving Research


iPres 2014 Workshop

From Preserving Data to Preserving Research: Curation of Process and Context

Melbourne, Australia

Monday 6 October, 14.00 – 17.00, Seminar Rooms 2/3

Registration ENDS TUESDAY 30 September

The TIMBUS and Wf4Ever projects team up to address the challenges of curating research processes in the humanities and sciences. Come along for a workshop of presentations and demos on Day 1 at iPres 2014.

How to Register for the Tutorial

• Go to the iPres 2014 Registration page: http://ipres2014.org/registration and choose your registration type (from Australia or International)

• Choose the ticket type for either 'Full Registration or 'Workshops ONLY'

• Separate registration must be done for the workshop, but this is FREE

• On the Registration page, scroll down to 'Conference Workshops' and follow the link to Register for 'Workshops on Monday 6 October, 2014': https://register.eventarc.com/23522/ipres2014-conference-workshops-monday-6-october-2014

• Reserve up to 3 tickets by using the drop-down menu beside 'From Preserving Data to Preserving Research', then click 'Register' button

Basic Agenda

14.00 Introduction

Process Preservation & Demonstration Video

Introduction and Motivation to Research Objects

15.00 Tea and Coffee Break

Research Object Introduction and Demonstration

Data Citation

Conclusions and Questions

17.00 Close


Awareness of the need to provide digital preservation solutions is spreading from the core memory institutions to other domains, including government, industry, SME and consumers. In many of these settings we are, however, faced with preserving more than just data. In the domain of eScience, for example, investigations are increasingly collaborative. Most scientific and engineering domains benefit from building on top of the outputs of other research by sharing information to reason over and data to incorporate in the modelling task at hand.

This raises the need to provide means for preserving and sharing entire eScience workflows and processes for later reuse. We need to define which information is to be collected, create means to preserve it and approaches to enable and validate the re-execution of a preserved process. This includes and goes beyond preserving the data used in the experiments, as the process underlying its creation and use is essential.

This half-day tutorial will provide an introduction to the problem domain and discuss solutions for the curation of eScience processes. The tutorial is aimed at researchers, publishers and curators in eScience disciplines who want to learn about methods.