Sustaining online research resources

Khan, Arshad, Martin, David and Seale, Jane (2009) Sustaining online research resources. SCRIPTed, 6, (3), 616. (doi:10.2966/scrip.060309.616).


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We have seen enormous growth in both the usage and creation of web resources in the last decade. Significant funds have been devoted to the creation of high quality
academic web resources by both public and private sector organisation s. These have already benefited a large community of web users, researchers, students and teachers.
In order to ensure continued access to this wealth of on-line resources, the web preservation community has already started making efforts to formulate and execute strategies aimed at collecting, processing and preserving today’s web resources so that they can be accessed with tomorrow’s technologies. This article reviews such initiatives, drawing a comparison between current web preservation practices and the ESRC-funded ReStore project, a sustainable web resources repository. Detailed
consideration is given to issues including authorship of web page content (intellectual property rights, copyright), metadata generation and preservation, the selection of web resources, and accessibility to hidden pages on a web server. We present a possible short-medium term preservation model aimed at sustaining on-line research method resources developed as part of ReStore. The article considers the potential for evolution from the current rather disparate web preservation approaches to
standardised “develop with a view to preservation” practices among web resource creators and the web preservation community.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.2966/scrip.060309.616
ISSNs: 1744-2567 (electronic)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Social Justice and Inclusive Education
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
ePrint ID: 151901
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
August 2009Published
Date Deposited: 13 May 2010 08:18
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:24
Sustaining On-line Resources in Research Methods
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-576-25-0001)
Led by: Chris Skinner
1 July 2007 to 30 September 2010

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