Monday, October 4, 2010

2010-10-04: WAC Kickoff Meeting; LC Storage Architectures Meeting, DPC Award Shortlist

On September 24, I attended the kickoff meeting at Stanford for the Web Archiving Cooperative (WAC) Project, a joint NSF project (~$2.8M) between Stanford, Old Dominion and Harding. A summary of the meeting will be published at a later date, but it was attended by several members of our Advisory Board (from memory: Chris Borgman (UCLA), Trisha Cruse (CDL), Rick Furuta (TAMU), Alon Halevy (Google), Carl Lagoze (Cornell), Raghu Ramakrishnan (Yahoo), Herbert Van de Sompel (LANL)) and several members and friends of the Stanford Infolab.

I gave two presentations, the first was a quick review of the state of web preservation (with the obligatory heavy emphasis on Memento), and the second was some of my ruminations about future things that we should (or should not) explore in the context of WAC.

That night I caught a redeye back to Norfolk so I could be in DC the following Monday for the Library of Congress Designing Storage Architectures for Preservation Collections Meeting. While I believe this is their fourth such meeting, it is the first one I attended and while (because?) I did not present or speak, I learned a great deal. The meeting featured a good mix of academicians and storage industry leaders discussing very large scale storage architectures -- scales that we don't typically approach in our research at ODU. The majority of the presentations were limited to 5 minutes each, so a good breadth of topics was covered and perusing the slides will be worth your time.

Finally, Memento has been named one of five finalists for the Digital Preservation Coalition 2010 Digital Preservation Award. It is an honor to be a finalist amongst the other projects (see the DPC Press Release for a descriptions of all the projects). The Library of Congress has also issued a press release as well as ODU. The final announcement will come in December -- here's hoping Memento can bring in the prize.


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